K. (our therapist) has been working consistently with us on building internal communication with a newly discovered part named Clara. This has been difficult for a variety of reasons. During sessions, we become flooded with intense emotions. Because Clara is in “trauma time” they are feelings like panic, terror, and despair. Tough stuff.
In addition to that, she’s been very patient with us only committing to Internal Communication one time per week. That’s totally not enough. Especially when trying to get to know a new part and ground her to the present.
This weekend, we’ve decided to commit to working on Internal Communication. Below is a copy of a basic IC worksheet from Sheppard Pratt. I feel a little silly going back to the basics, but I also know this is needed. Clara is young, so she also needs concrete questions to answer. Because we get swept up, influenced by her intense emotions, it’s hard or us to remember what questions to ask, let along insure they are concrete.
So, here’s the worksheet. I don’t think I’m going to post her responses to the blog, but I thought it would be helpful to share the resource.