PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA TREATMENTS
Many people are concerned at the number of available treatments for trauma and the many different therapists available.
The type of therapist does not guarantee you a result and neither does the type of treatment.
PRIORITY ONE - SELECT YOUR THERAPIST
The First Priority is to select an experienced therapist for the type of condition you have - one that you get on well with and feel comfortable and safe with. I suggest one where you experience results within the first two to four treatment sessions. My advice if you don't sense some improvement, is to change your therapist (and that goes for my treatment to). These days treatments are rapid compared to 15 years ago.
PRIORITY TWO - SELECT YOUR TREATMENT with your therapist.
Priority two is select a treatment that seems to give you a lasting positive result and for this you need to trust your therapist to select the treatment with you. A good therapist will get a result with what they recommend. There are many possible treatments that will assist trauma work or prepare people to tolerate trauma work. Some people are very unsettled by their condition and aggressive treatment might be overwhelming. In general those therapies that work with or connect to the body have the best chance of a good result. This is because, although we use our cognitive brain (thinking brain or cortex) to solve our everyday problems, we believe our trauma lies more deeply within the mid-brain (mesencephalon). Therefore, gentle connection and involvement is essential for therapeutic improvement. More specifically we think the visual processing areas connected via specific cranial nerves and the superior colliculi plus the area known as the periaqueductal grey, are where the trauma processing needs to take place.
PRIORITY THREE - Understand and Monitor your treatment.
Although there are very few therapies that (in my opinion) bring speedy and lasting resolution for profound psychological trauma - and treatment only works well with a good therapist. There are many helpful treatment methods and ways to enable them to be gentle. A good therapist brings many skills into play besides the main therapies they use. If a parent comes to consult me regarding their child, I do not instantly start therapy. I consider all the effects influencing that child and it might be that advice to the parent is all that is required for the parent to assist the child to self-heal. In other cases, after advice on child-care and child-management, I might advise therapy on some underlying issue. Everyone is different. Everyone needs to be listened to.
The Treatment Map - SNAKES & LADDERS
There are many aspects to therapy and the main one is the therapists ability to really listen and understand you and your needs and then her or his ability to enable you to feel contained and safe... you do not so much have to trust the therapist but be able to trust your body will do what it is designed to do. If you cut your finger, as long as you clean it and prevent further infection, the body heals itself. Well the brain does much the same, but we have to help it be in that clean state ready to heal. People self-heal as their neurobiology is set to do this but without a skilled and attuned therapist, there is little chance of it happening. This goes for therapists too. (A dentist will rarely pull or fill his/her own teeth, but they might self anaesthetise occasionally.)
SEE OUR PAGE SNAKES AND LADDERS and you will see the flow during treatment. Even better see our development of this model with all the treatment points marked in. The ladders and snakes are named. The LADDERS are the essential therapy stages and the SNAKES are the absolutely typical treatment relapse points. More coming soon.
"When the student is ready, the lesson begins."