Trauma therapy is not an isolated form of therapy but rather part of every psychotherapy. A situation or experience is regarded as traumatic if a form of violence, threat to one’s own existence or restriction of freedom has taken place, accompanied by feelings of helplessness and being overwhelmed, high levels of stress and simultaneously being unable to act in the sense of fight or flight.
The system reacts with an originally adaptive assimilation, which is the involuntary avoidance of stimuli that may be similar to or in reminder of the traumatic situation, in order to avoid repetition and retraumatisation. As part of this natural process, often aspects of the event with its corresponding thoughts, feelings and sensations are hidden or suppressed from memory. Fears, depression, addictions, disordered sleep and other psychosomatic symptoms may arise in consequence.
An unresolved trauma may appear as a form of rigidity, a reduced perception of bodily sensations including pain, restlessness, a disconnectedness with oneself on the psychological level – with one’s own needs and creative ability, a functional life in an autopilot mode. Traumatisations adopted from previous generations or collective trauma may lead to the same symptoms or inner reactions as personally experienced situations.
I work with modern therapeutic techniques within the systemic and hypnotherapeutic approach. That way, prelingual memories in the form of physical sensations or reactions from prenatal or very early childhood periods, narcotic states etc. can also be integrated. In many cases, a specific way of using constellation work is suited to solve trauma residuals. Many of the methods I use, I also pass on as a teacher and trainer.
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