Tri-Phasic Trauma Therapy
Trauma recovery is put into these clearly defined three stages which are Safety and Stabilization, Trauma Memory Processing and Reconnection.
Safety and Stabilization
The most important aspect of recovery is safety. Individuals who have been exposed to severe trauma are betrayed both by their experiences as well as their own bodies and their symptoms become the source of triggers that result in re-traumatization. The therapist,s primary goal is to help the client regain internal and external control which is accomplished through careful diagnosis, education and skills development. In cases where the client remains in an unsafe environment, plans to establish personal and practical safety remain the focus of treatment prior to beginning any trauma memory processing work. The overriding goal is to enable the client to make a gradual shift from "unpredictable danger to reliable safety" both in their environment and within themselves. Accomplishing this goal depends on the circumstances as well as their internal ability to cope with exposure to trauma memories and may take days, weeks, or months to achieve.
Trauma Memory Processing
In the second phase of recovery the client begins to work more deeply with exercises to work through their trauma history, bringing unbearable memories to greater resolution. Because of the nature of traumatic memories, this process can be quite disjointed as pieces of the traumatic events emerge and can be processed. The goal here is to create a space in which the client can safely work through traumatic events and begin to make sense of the devastating experiences that have shaped his or her life. The counsellors role is to "bear witness" to the client's experiences, and help her or him find the strength and motivation to heal.
The final stage of recovery involves redefining oneself in the context of meaningful relationships and engagement in life activities. Trauma survivors can gain closure on their experiences when they are able to see the things that happened to them and conclude that these events do not determine who they are. Trauma survivors are bolstered by the knowledge that, regardless of what else happens to them, they always have themselves. Many survivors are also sustained by an abiding faith in a higher power that they believe delivered them from oppressive terror. In many instances survivors find a "mission" through which they can continue to heal and grow. They may even end up helping others with similar histories of trauma or traumas.
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