SITT for Clients
Where we come from and what we drag behind us can often get in the way of where we want to go. We either know, understand, and accept our stories, or our stories live us. This is true for all of us, but the implications are so much more painful for survivors of childhood trauma.
Have you asked yourself any of these questions?
We all have a story.
Our story may be the single greatest influence in our lives. Our stories impact how we feel about ourselves, how we relate to others, how we move through the world, and even our spirituality. Our stories influence or choose our careers, partners, theology, values, ways of relating, and lifestyles.
We carry our stories with us from childhood into adulthood, impacting each new situation where it influences our thinking, behaviors, and choices. The less we know about our stories, the more influence they hold over us subconsciously.
Our stories are complicated cocktails made of many ingredients:
- The experiences we have had
- The influence of the environments that we grew up in
- The meaning we attach to those experiences and environments
- The subconscious lessons we’ve learned about ourselves, others, and the world
Our stories, containing all of the above meaning, filter how we perceive the world and thus how we react to it. Some stories hold more trauma than others, but few of us escape childhood without some traumatic wounds. Disruptive or frequent moves, divorced parents, alcoholism, abuse, fearful circumstances, abandonment, bullying, body image insecurities, and impact from medical procedures, poverty, and prejudice all leave their mark on us as we grow. For some, our traumas are related to specific events. For others, the cumulative impact of environmental stressors is trauma in itself.
Our experiences of these hurts, and the meaning we’ve taken from those experiences, leave us with unresolved stories. As long as these stories remain unconscious and unresolved, they will resurface and replay themselves out continuously in our daily lives. We will react to those hidden drives or we will re-enact them. This is what we are experiencing when we find ourselves repeating dysfunctional and destructive patterns in our lives.
We either know, understand, and accept our stories or our stories live us.
Story-Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT) is a process where you will be carefully guided through your own story, so that you can discover the meaning you’ve brought from those events into your adult life. Together with your therapist, you can face the true impact of those hurts, and find a new, more constructive meaning. You will finally be able to name and resolve the injuries of childhood, so that you can be released into a healthy and happy life.
Where to start?
Questions Clients often Ask
Why do I have to talk about the past in order to heal?
My childhood wasn't traumatic. Would SITT still be helpful for me?
Some of our stories carry more trauma and pain than others. However, all of our stories carry some pain. One of the ways that we defend against childhood harm is that we often minimize our hurts to protect ourselves from the pain they hold. That means that we may not recognize the significance of events until we explore them with the help of a professional. A parent’s divorce, frequent moves, being bullied, neglect, or an alcoholic parent can leave emotional scars behind. We all carry wounds away from our childhoods. Whether large or small, they impact us in significant ways. Exploring your story and the impact it has had on you and continues to have on you is worthwhile.
What if I don't remember much about my childhood?
Do SITT Therapists use EMDR or other therapeutic tools?
How do I know if I even need therapy?
How do I know if my story is resolved?
Why can't I heal on my own, without professional help?
How do I get started?
Where can I find a SITT Therapist?
Click here to go to the SITT registry for a list of SITT therapists in your area.
What if there are no SITT Therapists near me?
Story-Informed Trauma Therapy is growing, and more therapists are added to the registry each year, but it is often the case that there might not be one available in your area. Check the registry for any who are able to do telehealth remote sessions.