What is healthy autonomy?
Our whole existence is constrained by our need for connection. relationship and symbiosis, and our need for autonomy, individuality and uniqueness. Our identity is born of this.
Our need for connection begins with our first life connection, with our mother, and subsequently with our father; and the quality of this connection informs our ability to be connected with our world, with our needs, our wants, our environment and with other people. We cannot exist in isolation. Systems theory sees that everything in our world exists within the environmental and ecological system in which we live. Our ability to engage with our environment is defined by our earliest experiences... and our ability to be autonomous is influenced by our ability to be in relationship.
Traumatisation is a lasting blow to our autonomous ability, to our identity, particularly if it happens very early in our life. Trauma leaves us vulnerable and dependent, with a fractured and compromised identity, affecting our ability to think clearly and make good decisions. When traumatised we lose our ability to live through a healthy autonomy.
So our aim with our work Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy is to regain our healthy autonomy, to heal our fractured identity.