Unblending: “D’s” Central Struggle
This section summarizes the treatment journey of “D”, highlighting her challenges and the methods used to overcome them. The most pressing challenge for “D” was unblending. As mentioned, she was particularly vulnerable to her addict part. Additionally, parts of her communicated judgment, self-doubt, and an urgent push for progress, warning that she would lose everything. This very fear paradoxically slowed her healing process.
In the TIST approach, and others like internal family systems, the focus is on the present rather than the past. It’s not about what the addict part made her do previously but about recognizing and feeling that part during therapy.