Personalising Trauma Treatment: Reframing and Reimagining (Hardcover)
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Personalising Trauma Treatment is about helping trauma victims back to their old selves and focuses on altering the perception of the centrality of the trauma.
In this book, clients are taught to rediscover their sense of self by reframing the trauma. Within this new framework the focus is on the client's mental time travel from the trauma to today and reimagining their future. The therapeutic targets are the thoughts and images (cognitions) that interfere with day-to-day functioning. It does not assume that arrested information processing lies at the heart of the development of PTSD, with a consequent need for the client to re-live the trauma. For those clients who were abused in childhood, their experiences are viewed through a particular central window, but other 'windows' may make for more appropriate engagement with their personal world and a reimagining of their view of themselves. Treatment delivery options from telephone consultation, group work and videoconferencing are discussed. With illustrative examples, the author highlights the pathway to recovery for a wide range of clients with the comorbidity often found in real-world settings.
The book will be essential reading for therapists and other mental health professionals working with trauma survivors.
About the Author
Michael J. Scott is a Consultant Psychologist, and author of 13 books, including an edited 4 volume work on 'Traumatic Stress' and a self-help book 'Moving On After Trauma'. He divides his time between treating clients, medico-legal work and writing.