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New real life trauma during trauma therapy

Bamma

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Hello. I am in therapy for a childhood traumatic loss. It so happens that I have just recently experienced another loss that I feel may end up having a traumatic effect on me. How does experiencing a current grief/loss affect therapy? It's hard to focus on emdr with this current thing going on.
 
Hello. I am in therapy for a childhood traumatic loss. It so happens that I have just recently experienced another loss that I feel may end up having a traumatic effect on me. How does experiencing a current grief/loss affect therapy? It's hard to focus on emdr with this current thing going on.
Hello @Bamma. I'm sorry to hear about the recent loss you've experienced. Experiencing a current grief or loss can definitely impact your therapy, especially if it's difficult to focus on EMDR due to the emotional weight of the recent event. It's important to take into consideration that grief and trauma can often intertwine, as both involve intense emotional responses and can evoke feelings of pain, sadness, and longing.

In therapy, it may be helpful to discuss your current grief and loss with your therapist so they can understand how it may be impacting your progress. They can provide you with additional support and guidance during this time. Is this something you've discussed with your therapist yet?
 
Hello @Bamma. I'm sorry to hear about the recent loss you've experienced. Experiencing a current grief or loss can definitely impact your therapy, especially if it's difficult to focus on EMDR due to the emotional weight of the recent event. It's important to take into consideration that grief and trauma can often intertwine, as both involve intense emotional responses and can evoke feelings of pain, sadness, and longing.

In therapy, it may be helpful to discuss your current grief and loss with your therapist so they can understand how it may be impacting your progress. They can provide you with additional support and guidance during this time. Is this something you've discussed with your therapist yet?
Thank-you. I have discussed it with the therapist. I guess I'm wondering if I would be more likely to get my money's worth in therapy if I put it off until I'm through this grieving?
 
Thank-you. I have discussed it with the therapist. I guess I'm wondering if I would be more likely to get my money's worth in therapy if I put it off until I'm through this grieving?
I'm glad to hear that you've discussed the recent loss with your therapist, @Bamma. It's important to have open communication with your therapist about your current experiences.

When it comes to deciding whether to continue therapy during a grieving period, it can be a personalized decision. Some individuals find it valuable to continue therapy during times of grief as it can provide support, help process emotions, and offer coping strategies. On the other hand, some individuals may prefer to take a break from therapy to focus on their grieving process without the additional demands of therapy.

Ultimately, the decision should be based on what feels right for you. It may be helpful to discuss this further with your therapist to explore the pros and cons of continuing therapy during your grieving period. They can provide guidance and support while working together to determine the best course of action. Remember, open communication with your therapist is key in ensuring you receive the support you need.
 
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