Living Life outside Therapy:
Some child abuse survivors have tried to heal their pasts
by immersing themselves in various therapies. That may
have meant losing touch with family and friends; perhaps
also with their creativity and their careers. Major
perspectives (for example, public justice) at some point
can become crucial, as a survivor takes back the
territory they feel was lost in childhood.
Morven recognises the significance of life outside the
therapy room, and all aspects of life and living can be
embraced in therapy
Just as words can trigger past traumas, so can touch. It is
important to counsel - to be sure whether it is appropriate.
When it is, the world of touch and intimacy can be
re-claimed by working through the survivor’s
multi-dimensional perspectives of past and present
Depending on where and with whom, it ‘s often unsafe to
talk about abuse. Risks have to be considered in the light
of every possible consequence, whilst keeping the
survivor’s best interests at heart. A wide range of child
abuse can occur in a whole variety of different
backgrounds and circumstances. It is unlikely Morven
would be shocked to hear whatever a survivor needs to
share, however Morven is acutely aware of the personal
safety issues survivors have during stages of healing.
As far as possible, progress happens according to the
survivor’s support system, and their stage of recovery
“Keep me away
from the wisdom
which does not cry,
which does not
laugh, and the
does not bow
Morven is the author of an educational resource
about child abuse survivors. One review of
‘Survivors’ Stories’ said ...
“Morven Fyfe is one of the survivor- professionals
who openly shows how she can be bilingual in her
understanding, with useful educational information
for all professionals and laypeople involved ...
Dr Valerie Sinason, Director,
Clinic for Dissociative Studies.