Psychotherapy for trauma aims to establish safety first and to help the person identify, utilise, or increase their personal resources, so that they may create an environment that feels safer for themselves. It does not attempt to go over the details of the incident, nor does it aim to process these memories before a sense of safety has been established. While some people may feel ready to discuss the incident after a relatively short period, many may not, and it is important that this is not rushed.
Over time, as trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship is better established and the ‘ground work' of the counselling and psychotherapy process is done, the possibility of beginning to process the memories of the trauma arises. This can take time, and as everyone’s process is individual, exploration of each person's readiness is integrated into the work.