I use Phase Oriented Trauma Theory in the treatment of adult survivors of long-term childhood abuse and or neglect. These individuals may be suffering from PTSD, Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Anxiety and Depression. There are many strategies and approaches that can be combined to work with the many symptoms that are causing psychological distress.
I commonly use psychodynamic phase orient trauma therapy with aspects of Jungian psychotherapy, incorporating cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness methods to ease emotional and sometimes physical distress.
I may also incorporate hypnotherapy to reduce anxiety, depression and other common symptoms of PTSD. Hypnotherapy may also be utilized to increase confidence and a sense of well-being.
The approach taken will depend upon your individual need. Trauma therapy is most successful when an individual is not currently exposed to current emotional, physical, and or sexual abuse. These triggers along with drug or alcohol addiction must be addressed during the initial stages of treatment. It is important to note that the stages of trauma therapy are fluid and often overlap, or go forward and backward.
One goal of trauma therapy is to equip the individual with strategies and tools to manage triggers, intrusive memories and emotions linked to their traumatic experiences in a manner that will not leave the patient feeling overwhelmed, panicky, or emotionally numb. This gives a trauma survivor greater self-confidence in dealing with the ups and downs of every-day life. PTSD and related disorders are serious conditions that negatively impact the mental emotional, spiritual and often the physical states of individuals and their ability to sustain supportive relationships with others.
Patients with Complex PTSD and/or certain Dissociative Disorders such as DID may be required to attend 2 sessions per week, with one session lasting 80 minutes.