The silent scream
Sue Santi Ireson’s dynamic workshop will help explore the deeply held shame and dysfunctional belief systems that survivors hold. Boundaries are often poor and the client’s pain often unrecognised and somatised. Working with clients who have been sexually abused usually by someone well known to them can be challenging. These
clients often find it hard to trust anyone, but may have learned that pleasing powerful adults is what they have to do to survive. They have often used a variety of dysfunctional behaviours to mask their internal pain and sense of worthlessness. They may test and re-test the counsellor‘s boundaries.
In this workshop we will
- Look at the client’s original family system and how its beliefs have become internalized as truths
- Examine the ways in which the child’s trust was exploited and how responsibility for the abuse may have been taken on by the child
- Describe how emotional pain can be somatised and acted out
- Outline ways in which the client’s beliefs can be gently challenged and reframed
- Discuss how the counsellor can keep safe around what can be very powerful dynamics.
About the host
Sue Santi Ireson, Senior Accredited counsellor with the BACP, has worked in the field of sexual abuse for many years, and currently works for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in London and the Green House in Bristol, which serves men, women and children who have been sexually abused.
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