Hi Beanz, It must be awful to have to live like that. I have not experienced child abuse to that degree, but through my work as a somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapist I often work with people who experienced abuse of all kinds, including child (sexual, physical, and/or emotional) abuse, depression, anxiety and addictions, to name just a few. I certainly know from my own experience that trusting people is difficult at the best of times, but particularly when you have been hurt.I believe that this type of trauma can indeed lead to PTSD as the experiences you had as a child would have been very traumatic. I am also aware that some therapies get you to talk about your experiences in detail and this can, for some people, make symptoms worse.I was wondering: have you ever worked with a somatic psychotherapist?In my work with people I would use the body to give us clues as to what is happening in your life and I have experienced firsthand that our bodies are very resilient and can help us overcome difficult situations. When one experiences anxiety, stress, pain or discomfort it is helpful to breath with consciousness. It sounds easy, but often it requires the support and skill of a trained professional if the symptoms are severe.With the techniques I learned I have been able to help a number of people, without re-traumatising them. If you feel courageous enough (I know it takes a LOT of courage to take even just the first step to reach out - and you have clearly done this through your post!) maybe you might like to meet?I would be happy to meet with you sometime to discuss in more detail how I might be able to help you. Are you based in Sydney or somewhere else? I have rooms in Glebe and so I am centrally located. I would be happy for you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to phone 0402 126 212 to talk to me personally if you like to find out more. If you live in another state I might be able to recommend a somatic psychotherapist in your area. I hope you find this post helpful in some way. All the best,Carolien van Geloven
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