Have you experienced something really terrible, either a one-off event or something recurring, which felt life-threatening and keeps coming back to haunt you? Sometimes the memories impose themselves on you in the form of inner images (so called flashbacks), re-experiencing in the body or in nightmares. Perhaps the events were a long time ago but the memories feel threatening nevertheless so you feel compelled to try to avoid any reminder of them. Maybe you feel extreme inner tension as though your body were in a state of alarm. Perhaps you feel you have changed as a person and feel depressed? If you answer yes to several of these questions, it is possible you have post traumatic stress disorder.
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How does post traumatic stress disorder develop?
Since most traumatic events lead to extreme feelings of fear and helplessness, they overwhelm the individual’s processing capacities. As such the event cannot be completely “digested”. The events force themselves upon the individual in the experience of the symptoms already mentioned, which of itself can lead to further feelings of helplessness. Psychotherapy is a method for helping process and integrate the events.
Therapy for Trauma
Therapy for post traumatic stress disorder has various components, which have to be tailored to each individual client. Firstly a diagnostic overview of the traumatic events is essential to understand the extent and the breadth of the traumatic experiences. Then various techniques are used to help achieve stability. In this phase coping resources are mobilized to give positive things in life more weight and to strengthen the ability to self-soothe. Next, confrontation takes place in appropriate doses. As part of this we look together at the traumatic events and use specially focussed techniques so that processing can take place without the emotions being overwhelming. Helpful, supportive images, sometimes even an alteration of the story to include a positive end help to “round off” the trauma, so you can achieve more inner peace. Towards the end of therapy, we work on building a clearer understanding for the events as part of your biography.