Living with Pain: ShameA Discussion with Heather Carter
5pm UK, 12pm ECT, 9am Pacific
This is the first in a series of discussions homing in on one of common themes emerging from a recent group in which we shared our individual experiences of chronic pain. Giving ourselves permission to speak openly about this often hidden subject proved to be therapeutic. Simply tapping whilst talking, listening and being part of an empathetic group with similar issues gave us a sense of release which was reflected in a reduction in the perception of pain in our bodies.
As therapists ecperiencing chronic pain, many of us beat ourselves up because of shame: a false belief that we should be able to heal ourselves, no matter what the physical cause of the pain, reslting in a feeling of being inauthentic or less-than as therapists. All that led to feelings of Guilt, Fear, Imposter Syndrome, Stress, Confusion and Frustration (with ourselves mainly and our inability to cure ourselves). These feelings will be the focus of our sharingand tapping in today's discussion.
Visit the Living with Pain Support Page to continue the discussion.
Heather Carter is the Guild’s Daisy Mum