A psychoanalytic colleague shared an NPR interview with Oliver Sacks in which he talked a bit about having been in therapy practically throughout adulthood, its relevance, and meaning: "Dr. Sacks you've been in psychoanalysis for 46 years with the same analyst. Do you think this has anything to do with your seemingly healthy mental well-being? Dr. Sacks replied: 'I think my analyst knows me very well and I think he likes me, which helps me like myself, and that's something that has not always been easy for me to do.' "

I remember a voice in dream telling me, "Healing takes a good long time." This transformative message came from the unconscious many years ago when I first began treating trauma survivors. Pressure was being exerted within psychology to treat people quicker, get them stable and feeling better, then discharge them from care. The unconscious was clear, via this dream, that quick and out  therapy is simply not the way of soul and that I am not to practice anything other than soulful psychology. 

A psychodynamic colleague and scholar at NYU shared with me his soon to be published paper on psychological companioning. Some patients have the need to be seen through in their healing process for a long time, a very long time, some for lifetime. As noted with Oliver Sacks, there is relevance and meaning to engaging our healing process and realizing that it is a life long process that may benefit from a lifetime of care.


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Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on September 7, 2015 at 1:25pm


There's much to be said about the shock of reading The Unholy. I do hope is wasn't all too much for you. Through the decades of working with survivors of religious abuse, I've come into dark regions of mind that propelled me into metaphysical realms of fiction to express dimensions normally hidden and quite obtuse. Fiction opens up mind, I believe, in ways closed to it by discursive writings. Thank you for your candid communications and the depth of your insights. I look forward to our continuing conversations...Paul

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on September 6, 2015 at 5:02pm

Good evening Paul - approximately 84% of my 50 years in the professions was service to survivors in the post- trauma surviving trenches: from the early formation of "critical care nursing [visible shock/trauma response/wounds]" then, into my car travelling around North America seeking teachers/PhD program while  serving in the then, novel field of Psychotraumatology [invisible shock/trauma response/wounds] providing trauma, exit and grief nursing/counselling services for people who were falling through the system cracks.

How synchronistic the majority of our 'core' container work has been serving/healing alongside the survivors we have been privileged to meet - from across common decades too.  No doubt, we have common experiential ground to share, especially now that I just finished reading your novel "Unholy." We will stay in 'touch' for our pulse is on the heart of what matters.  Peace + Love Linda  

Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on September 6, 2015 at 9:13am


I didn't realize much of your depth work is with trauma survivors. For over thirty years this has formed the core of my psychotherapy practice as individuals emerging from abusive religious past find their way to long term healing. I would be interested in finding out more about what you do and staying in touch regarding therapeutic experiences with trauma survivors as we together continue to contain core wounds and make the journey within shadow, soul, and changing tides.
Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on September 5, 2015 at 3:00pm

Good afternoon Paul - so true and there are the rare cases where healing of the family tree [trans-generational] work is a long-term goal which is emerging more on the horizon these days.  In my work, I engage in pieces of healing work the person wants to pursue which is not limited by any of my frameworks.  

I find it interesting now that I am retired from the regulated professions and currently have a small business model based on service; assisting survivors of trauma in a 'timeless" manner on my part as we hold, work together so they can transform their "core wounds" seeking the "silver lining core healing" from shadow to soul.

Very freeing for all and we are in many ways...travel companions [have trauma will travel was  my old practice motto].  Thank you for opening up the dialogue on the changes tides and ideas regarding depth work.  Peace + Love Linda


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