As therapists, we like to think that the primary antidote to clients’ feelings of self-loathing, shame, and personal worthlessness is our own demonstration to them of our total acceptance, unconditional positive regard, and confident hope in the therapeutic outcome. Unfortunately, many clients are so alienated from some despised part or parts of themselves---
Many clients with harsh or traumatic childhood histories suffer physical pain that defies medical diagnosis and conventional treatments. Often our efforts to address the trauma-related emotional issues are frustrated by their current physical problems. What if the pain symptoms and treatment resistance are actually both expressions of their early trauma?