Can't help myself from looking back over the past week and recognizing how important it is to revamp our ideas of who to consider when we're seeking help. It's easy to get stuck in the rut of thinking only clinicians, therapists or trained practitioners can help us. But there's a whole world out there! Help can come in many different forms and from many different sources, from neuroscientists to dance instructors. We have the opportunity to seek help openly or privately in just about any area, aspect or outlet we can think of.
Which means we need to think. We need to approach healing not only from a clinical, DSM IV viewpoint but from the creative view of the whole person. We are more - so much more! - than our PTSD. Developing other areas of ourselves empowers the healing process. It reconnects us to ourselves outside of trauma; it helps us develop a post-trauma identity which gives us the strength we need to eschew the past. Sometimes, seeking help means finding a new therapist. And sometimes, it means finding another perspective from a source that doesn't know our story.