How do you practice improving your relationship with your intrusive or traumatic thoughts? How do you connect with them since it is not consciously available? We have all learned that effort to control thoughts is futile. Thoughts gain power and energy when we try to control or manipulate them.
The amygdala part of the brain stores our trauma and is not consciously accessible . Your words or knowledge of how to heal can not reach the amygdala. In therapy with help you can integrate trauma but at a very slow and painful rate of progress.
We need to find the right bridge to access our trauma. Meditation is the perfect vehicle. It connects below the conscious part of the brain and has access to the amygdala and the whole right side of the brain.
Mindfulness as it is referred to in therapy has now caught on in the west and is replacing the cognitive models for Trauma healing. Mindfulness would also be of a benefit for any therapy as an enhancement to speed healing.