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Many treatment modalities are available for effectively processing trauma both in the mind and body.
Bessel van der Kolk, a renowned trauma expert and NY Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score dives into the neuroscience of traumatic stress and the research demonstrating the efficacy of mind-body treatment approaches. There are benefits to a combination of treatment modalities including neurofeedback, EMDR, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and sensory integration methods such as dance and movement that help clients reclaim their voices, their bodies, and their lives.
The simplest framework for healing trauma is one of the earliest. Pierre Janet’s (1889) Stage Model for the Treatment of Traumatic Stress dates back to the late 19th century. It has stood the test of time, partly because it holds a great deal of common sense. Regardless of the particular method your therapist may use, most therapies are structured around a sequenced process that has three distinct phases: beginning, middle, and end stages (often called the maintenance stage). This therapy follows that same pattern.
Here are the three stages originally proposed by Janet (as described by van der Hart, Brown, & van der Kolk, 1989, an excellent article to read more on the model):
Stage I: Stabilization – symptom-oriented treatment, and preparation for liquidation of traumatic memories.
Stage 2: Identification – exploration, and modification of traumatic memories.
Stage 3: Relapse prevention – relief of residual symptomatology, personality reintegration, and rehabilitation. [i]
Approaches to the Treatment of PTSD
Bessel A. van der Kolk, Onno van der Hart, Jennifer Burbridge, Trauma Clinic
The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences
Bessel van der Kolk c/o Shaoni Bhattacharya, New Scientist
Bessel van der Kolk on Trauma, Development and Healing
Relational Healing in Complex PTSD
Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims
Jonathan Shedler, Psychology Today
Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It
Brianna Wiest, Forge Medium
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