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Life After Betrayal: Getting Past the Victim Identity

July/August 2013
When working with clients who’ve experienced an intimate betrayal, it’s important to empower them to move beyond a victim identity.

The End of Innocence

Reconsidering Our Concepts of Victimhood

July/August 2003
In our treatment of survivors over the past two decades, the therapeutic pendulum has swung from complete denial to an overfocus on the wounded inner child. Today, with a clearer view of the neurobiological impact of trauma and the lessons learned from their clinical mistakes, therapists are increasingly wary of bestowing the mantle of victimhood on their clients.
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