Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Resurrection after rape - Shrink Rap Radio

Shrink Rap Radio the outstanding psychology interview podcast had a most intriguing talk with Matt Atkinson about his work with victims of rape. Atkinson is a therapist who shows a remarkable ability to combine the latest scientific insights with the qualitative and creative demands to the therapist patient relationship.

Trust is an issue in therapeutic relationships in all circumstances, but when a man is the therapist to (mostly) women who are trying to survive the experience of rape, that tension is all the more obvious. Atkinson adds to this disadvantage his large posture and the fact he is an American native (Ojibway) complete with the attributes that go with that ethnicity. He relates how he manages to let this work as an advantage to him and his clients. Then we can talk about resurrection.

The truly fascinating angle Atkinson takes is one that has been mentioned generally with PTSD, that the victim has been hurt in the soul. The recovery to the soul demands much more than the standardized therapies, but rather the personal focus and creativity of the therapist and the dedication of the client. Atkinson manages in a very convincing and inspiring fashion to give us touch of this intensive experience. It is one of these amazing SRR interviews you have to hear.

More Shrink Rap Radio:
Life Changing Lessons,
Shrink Rap Radio - 200 great podcasts,
Technology and The Evolving Brain,
Nova Spivack,
Relationships and the brain,
and notably: PTSD and the soul (Ed Tick).
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