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I learned something from Johnny Depp's Trial! (aka, The 3 Necessary Stages of Trauma Recovery)
June 15, 2022
This clip made it all so clear to me: the 3 stages of working through trauma.
I did. And I've also laughed. Hard. Not because of Heard and Depp's situation. That's not funny. I've been there, in a mutually abusive relationship and I've felt trapped and I've done things I'm not proud of in retrospect. 

That's just sad. 

And a bit horrifying. 

However, the jockeying of lawyers and experts? That's laughable. 

And in this video where Dr. Shannon Curry is on the stand, I realized something perfect and pure and beautiful in thought that I did not realize before.

It's at the 2:50 minute mark. 

### Transcript (of the important bit) 


> You testified that some of the professionals involved in this case had to take their patients at her word. What did you mean by that? 

Dr. Shannon Curry: 

Dr. Shannon Curry: 

> So, when you're providing therapy, you're in a very different role than an examiner. When you're the forensic examiner, you're really just looking at data to make a decision. When you're a therapist, you're an advocate for your client's well-being, and in fact, it's considered extremely unethical for a treating provider to ever provide opinion testimony, like I'm providing because it's so well known in our field that you're going to have an automatic bias for your client. 

> It's almost a sense of protection, advocacy, wanting their best, which is why we also know that it is very inappropriate to convey any sort of opinion about whether a crime occurred, whether abuse occurred. We can certainly believe our clients. 

> We can support them in their therapy and take them at their word, but when giving opinions and consultations, we have to be very, very cautious, and really only provide the facts. We would state things in terms of, "My client did report this...," "I saw this...," "Here was our treatment plan...," "Here was the diagnoses..."

> We're taught, we're trained, to stay away from making any sort of opinions, understanding that most of the time and most of Ms. Heard's providers were just treating Ms. Heard. They had never so much as done an initial evaluation or initial interview with Mr. Depp, and gotten his whole life story or his symptoms, or his side of any of it. 

> And they're going to be advocating and the treatment relationship is about helping your client achieve well-being, not about making formal psychological or psychiatric opinions. 

Find the full transcript for this episode here.