399: Trauma + Opening Up In Therapy With Dr. Robert T. Muller

1h 1m | Sep 15, 2023

Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week I'm recovering from Covid (again) after being in England the past 2 weeks. I'm sharing an episode that I hope will resonate with you if you've ever wondered why it can be so hard to open up in therapy. There are the things we don't choose to share because we're not ready, and then there are the things we WANT to share, but can't seem to bring ourselves to speak out loud. I've experienced it myself, when I want to talk about something and my throat feels like it is closing up. I've seen clients exhibit this same struggle. As a therapist, patience is key, and letting the client know that there's no agenda for them to share about anything until they're ready. But what can we do about this when we're the client? I hope this interview with Dr. Robert T. Muller about his book, Trauma & The Struggle To Open Up, will be helpful.

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My friend Dr. Jamie+ Marich's free webinar recording and link to learn about their course are found here: Not Faking: Dispelling the Myths & Misunderstandings Of Dissociation

Jamie+ also has a new course on Trauma & the 12 Steps. Click the link to learn more and register!

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