by R. Leo Sprinkle∗
Psychotherapeutic services can be helpful to persons who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder. Physiological and psychological stress reactions can occur from the effects of abandonment, abuse (corporal, emotional, and/or sexual), loss of relationship, rape, robbery, etc. If abused persons are given competent and compassionate assistance, then often they can learn to cope with their feelings of anger, anxiety, doubt, grief, guilt, pain, shame, etc.
However, in our contemporary society, those persons who describe paranormal/psychic/spiritual crises, or emotional trauma from memories of
possible past lives, often are faced with scoffing or skeptical reactions—not only from their friends and relatives, but sometimes from professional persons, including psychotherapists.
And, if a person describes a UFO experience (including abduction by alien beings, out of body experience, near death experience, bodily marks from a
medical examination, genital examination, past life memories, planetary visions, automatic writing or telepathic communication, and a message or
mission for Humankind, etc.), then the psychological resistance of the psychotherapist, as well as the emotional trauma of the person, can be an
important factor—not only in the processes of psychotherapy, but in the questions of whether services are provided to that person!
*Originally published in Psychotherapy in Private Practice, Vol. 6(3) 1988.