Introduction to the BRIDGE THE GAP Healing Workshop
Posted by Michele Rosenthal
Friday, June 19th, 2009 • PTSD Recovery Tips •
Welcome to the BRIDGE THE GAP Healing Workshop (BTG)! If you’ve come to this page it’s because you feel ready to heal – or at least, ready to think about participating with, engaging in and taking responsibility for your healing process. Fabulous! This step is the first on your path to self-empowered healing — a great way to supplement therapy and/or jumpstart your healing process.
WHAT IS BTG ABOUT?
The BTG healing workshop is about bridging the gap between your survivor self and your heroic self; the present you and the future you; who you are today and who you can be tomorrow. A big problem with PTSD is that we become enmeshed in the past and our reexperience of it in the present. We want to move forward but we don’t know how to get to the future. We see ourselves as victims – and potential victims – all the time.
It’s impossible to live a healthy, joyful life with this kind of environment in your mind. It’s time for a change. It’s time to cross over to the other side of your trauma experience. Right now you’re caught on the bridge and it’s swaying and rocking and rolling and there’s still a long way to go to get to the other side of Trauma Chasm, but you can do it and BTG can help!
A super, new, strong you is waiting to be released. It may not feel like it, but there is a part of you that is stronger and braver and tougher than trauma. How do I know? Because you’re here, reading these words. That heroic you is begging to be let out and motivating you to find a way to do that.
BTG is all about helping you shift from victim to hero. It’s a difficult shift but one you are completely capable of making. That heroic self is already alive and breathing inside you. All you have to do is allow it to rise up and take control.
HOW DO I BRIDGE THE GAP?
When you BTG you actively bridge that gap between your survivor and heroic selves. You shift your perspective, beliefs, physical, emotional and traumatic views from being weak to becoming a superpower — or: more of who you essentially are and were before trauma got in the way. Your core self is tremendous. It’s time to bring it out into the light.
The purpose of BTG is to get you out of the past and into the future; to help you shed the distortions and maladaptations trauma has engendered and help you release another self and construct a new, post-trauma identity. In other words, when you BTG you actively work to conquer the past and create the future.
BTG accomplishes this terrific goal by walking you through a step-by-step process to evolve out of your traumatized perspective into a whole new experience of who you are today and who you can become tomorrow.
HOW DO I BEGIN TO BTG?
There are 12 phases in the BTG process – one for each month of the year. You can begin at any time (and take as long as you need) to work through each topic. The posts are designed to stimulate and challenge your thinking as well as occasionally offering tasks to allow you to actively work things through.
You can approach the BTG healing workshop in one of 2 ways:
1 – Click on the BRIDGE THE GAP category in the sidebar and go back to January 1, 2009, to find the very first post, and then work your way forward post by post.
2 – Use the following categories to break things down into individual modules. Following the order listed below, go to the very last post in the page of the link — this will bring you to the very first post in the series. Work your way forward!
- Creating A Healing Intention
- How To Talk About Trauma
- Reaching Out
- Educating Ourselves
- Educating Others
- Seeking Help
- Changing Unhealthy Perceptions
- Constructing Post-Trauma Identity
- Setting Healing Goals
- Doing Whatever It Takes to Heal
- The Healing Power of Joy
- Staying on the Healing Path
If at any point in the process (before you get started, while you’re reading through the posts, or when you come to the end) you wish for guidance, clarification or connection, feel free to email Michele through the Contact page.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
No matter what, remember this one thing: You can’t see yourself in the present or find yourself in the future if you continue to define yourself by the past.
BTG is designed around the idea of constructing a post-trauma identity. This means helping you develop a persona outside of your past where the trauma becomes a very small part of the larger YOU. Your essential core, untraumatized self still exists; it’s your job to create the space, atmosphere and environment for it to come out. This will not be easy. This will not be a straight path to healing heaven. However, it will be a direct line from weakness to strength, powerlessness to powerfulness, imprisonment to freedom. When you BTG you make and follow through on the commitment not to let trauma get the best of you. That’s the most amazing part of all. Trauma stripped you of your power; you’re about to take it back.
Why are you still reading this page? What are you waiting for?? Your next self hovers on the other side of the gap – start crossing that bridge!
For a more detailed explanation of the theory behind BTG visit our web site’s page about constructing post-trauma identity.
To supplement PTSD recovery learn 4 tips for constructing post-trauma identity.