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The Dual Paths of Recovery

By Byron Kehler, M.S.

Recovery from the deep hurt of trauma requires that we walk two paths: the Thinking Path and the Feeling Path. Because our traumatic injury impacted both our thoughts and feelings, the road to recovery cannot pass through just one or the other. Both are necessary.

The THINKING PATH to Recovery

Revisiting the trauma

in order to

understand the lessons learned

so you may

evaluate their accuracy & relevancy for today,

then

connect them to Present Behaviors

in an effort to

let go of outdated and maladaptive responses

and instead

replace old unhelpful behaviors with new constructive skills

So you can ultimately

develop healthier ways of thinking, living & relating.

The FEELING PATH to Recovery

Revisiting the Trauma

in order to

understand the harm experienced

so you may

evaluate the losses associated with the hurt,

then

reconnect to feelings past & present

in an effort to

embrace the pain, feel the anger of violation, and grieve

and instead

replace the powerlessness and fear with personal empowerment

So you can ultimately

live with joy and vulnerability in a world of potential harm.

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