PTSD is defined as: “Something that has happened and has also threatened the health or well-being of a person” .
Judith Herman (1992) pointed out traumatic stress responses arise because of a situation creating inability to resist or escape with the usual means of self-defence action - resulting in a likely rise to experiencing a loss of being useful with added disorganization.
Internal Communication and Trauma
I have trained in IFS Therapy to assist my work with trauma.
"IFS Therapy enables trauma to be calmly observed and integrated into the fabric of life"- Bessel Van der Kolk (Trauma researcher)
IFS Therapy is used widespread in America. Alike CBT, IFS is now being used more and more within the UK because of its effectiveness and recent developments.
Trauma Rewind Practitioner
Exclusive: Martin is the founder of Parts Redeem Therapy (PRT). This offers Rewind Therapy from a more fluid and value-based systemic context whilst allowing more autonomy for the client's personal agency.
I trained directly with Dr Muss early 2015 and am certified as qualified to practice "rewind" therapy.
This trauma treatment has an 80% success rate in alleviating the residual distress left behind after a traumatic event.
I consider myself very fortunate to have seen many of my clients benefit with significant therapeutic effect and relief, with the use of this effective tool.
This approach has settled with my systemic tool kit (epistemilogy) and thus orientated a more natural application.
Dr Muss, the founder, put forward that "Rewind" trauma therapy helps clients to “reconstruct” their perception of a traumatic event. Clients learn to dis-connect (split) from the residual emotion that disturbs them, from the related memory. The practitioner asks clients to process from a coached manner he found works for him, by following a set procedure - personal technique. This involves two views - one running forward and the other backwards (an amalgam of therapies). Dr Muss asserts one rule, if clients are troubled by placing their attention with a certain memory (a traumatic one) so that the client remains detached from the traumatic event in the first instance. This is coached and can be practiced prior to the procedure to administer it in a safe manner. In the second instance the administered "Rewind" undoes the traumatic effect' if followed, as instructed, from the practitioner. Dr Muss asserts this procedure should only be carried out in the presence of a trained Rewind Practitioner who will work with clients to get the technique correct and dissolve the traumatic distress effectively.
Prior to training and practice with Rewind therapy I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a Trauma Focus (TF-CBT). This CBT training within a 3rd Wave talk therapy context and this means it is a Mindfulness based approach.
Trauma focused cognitive restructuring helps client adjust their beliefs about self, world, others, future, safety, trust, power, esteem, intimacy. Therefore, the meaning is reconstructed.
This training has also been of use to my clients in the therapy room using the traditional methods e.g. Graded Exposure to the Traumatic memory is a gentle way to learn to accept the impacting memory. This can be applied with Systematic Desensitization where clients recondition and reconstruct the relationship with the traumatic affect by engaging in a particular physical exercise that embeds relaxation contexts with the traumatic memory, changing the narrative and meaning. Sometimes, when the client is ready this can be done within the social context that the trauma took place (in Vivo). i.e. at location to dispel and prove to the self that the phobia about a particular place / association / context has been resolved. Aaron Beck (2010) argues these are the best ideas CBT has to offer.