Category Archives: Recovery

Therapy For Dissociative Disorder

 

 

Hunter et al. (Institute of Psychiatry, London) has developed a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the condition that treats it in a similar way to how anxiety disorders would be treated.

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Why Childhood Trauma Sufferers Can’t ‘Just Get Over It.’

If we have been unfortunate enough to have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and have, as a result, developed emotional and behavioural problems (which, in some cases may have led to diagnoses of borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic Read the rest

Useful Links For Recovery From Childhood Trauma

 

Below is a list of useful links to help recovery from childhood trauma:

Behavioral Tech : A Linehan Institute Training Company.

Here you can learn about scientifically validated treatments for complex and severe mental illness.

NCTSN The National Child Read the rest

Symptoms Of Trauma And Their Link To ‘Energy Trapped In The Body.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Dr Peter Levine, symptoms of trauma may be explained by ‘energy trapped in the body,’ and, as a direct result of his theory, Read the rest

Reframing The Past : How To Reframe Traumatic Memories

THE INDOCTRINATION OF NEGATIVE CORE BELIEFS :

Many of us who have experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma have, as adults, suffered from the inadvertent internalization of our parents’ (or caretakers’) attitude and feelings towards us as we were growing Read the rest

‘Top-Down’ And ‘Bottom-Up’ Ways Of Treating Childhood Trauma.

 

WHAT ARE ‘TOP-DOWN’ THERAPIES?

A ‘top-down’ therapy is one that aims to create a positive change in the individual’s behavioural, emotional and somatic symptoms in a ‘top-down’ direction (i.e. by beneficially ALTERING THE INDIVIDUAL’S THOUGHT PROCESSES). Techniques for doing Read the rest

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help Repair The Cortex

 

We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site how severe and protracted childhood trauma can adversely affect the physical development of the brain, including, most importantly, the prefrontal cortex; this damage to the cortex, Read the rest

Time Perspective Therapy Can Help Us Live In The Present

 

Based upon Zimbardo’s and Boyd’s (2008) Time Perspective Theory, a therapeutic technique known as Time Perspective Therapy (Zimbardo, Sword and Sword) was developed.

Time Perspective Therapy is predicated upon Zimbardo’s idea that the way in which we Read the rest

Controlling Emotions : The Emotional Regulation System

 

If, as children, we experienced, significant and protracted trauma we are at increased risk of developing various psychological difficulties as adults, including an increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder.

One of the Read the rest

3 Stages Of Complex PTSD Treatment: Stabilisation, Therapy And Reintegration.

 

 

Complex PTSD treatmentWhat is the best complex PTSD treatment?

The NHS (UK) recommend that those suffering from complex PTSD undergo three stages of treatment. These are as follows :

1) STABILISATION

2) TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY

3) REINTEGRATION

Let’s look at Read the rest

Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

 

somatic experiencingDr Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system works.

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Why Some Individuals ‘Bounce Back’ And Thrive After Trauma

 

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I have already published many articles on this site showing how significant and protracted trauma during childhood can lead to the development of a complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder in later life. But some ‘bounce back’ and even Read the rest

Learning To Trust Again After Childhood Betrayal By Parents

 

 

 

If we suffered parental abuse during our childhood, this clearly equates to a serious betrayal. Being betrayed by one’s parents is particularly devastating as parents are the very people who are responsible for our psychological welfare and Read the rest

The Vital Importance Of Having Our Traumatic Experiences Validated.

Research has established, beyond doubt, that, all else being equal, the greater our experience of childhood trauma, the worse both our physical and mental health are likely to be during our adulthood, and the more likely we are to die Read the rest

Constantly Feeling ‘Empty’? Effects And Solutions.

 

Do you sometimes ask yourself the question: ‘Why Do I Feel Empty?’

We have seen in other articles posted on this site that those who suffered significant childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing conditions such as depression, Read the rest