According to E! News, the 34-year-old reality star’s “main focus” is “working on getting better” after the experience of being robbed in a Paris hotel room earlier this month left her in “shock mode.” Another source told the outlet that Kim has been receiving professional counseling in order to cope with her terrifying ordeal.
“Kim is doing everything she needs to do,” Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and author of Your Best Age Is Now, tells Yahoo Beauty. “When you are a crime victim, you are going to be traumatized, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t bounce back.”
Ludwig explains that not only were Kim’s precious belongings robbed, but the thieves may have robbed her of her sense of safety.
“Some people walk around with the idea that the world is basically a good place or that they’re in control of their lives,” continues Ludwig. An experience of this kind, she said, “really can get a person to feel like their world has turned upside down, because their assumptions of the world are now incorrect.”
The mother of two is most likely discussing her trauma with a therapist to process her terrifying encounter. “It’s a place for her to talk out her feelings — anger, rage, fear, worry about future safety — which can have a healing effect,” explains Ludwig.
And this process can help Kim “understand that some of the emotions and flashbacks she may be experiencing is part of the body and mind’s way of working through what had happened,” Ludwig continues. “It’s reframing some of the experience, so it’s less jolting, less jarring, and less worrisome.”
A counselor would also be helping Kim to find ways to “feel safe again and to give her a sense of control again,” adds Ludwig. “Maybe together they’re trying to figure out different ways to design her life, so that this type of threat is less likely to happen to her — or the people around her — again.”
While everyone’s “resilience level” is different, there’s no way to predict when a person who’s been victimized will recover. But Kim may even view this incident as a valuable life lesson.
“She’s making sure she has more protection, and she’s changing the way she interacts on social media — which can be potentially dangerous — so she’s doing the right things,” concludes Ludwig. “[This may serve as] a good wake-up call on how to protect herself from people who can be more dangerous.”