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  • The Work of Stabilization in Trauma Treatment
  • The author believes that in order to appropriately help trauma patients the therapist must take an active role. She offers a model of psychoeducation for the therapist to follow. She believes that with this psychoeducation the patient will feel empowered. The model includes helping the patient ground himself, creating contracts, and learning to stay in the present. The author provides specific suggestions of these tools and how to implement them. ...

  • Beyond Words: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective
  • Ogden highlights the importance of non-verbal communications. The awareness to indicators such as prosody, eye contact, facial expression, preparatory movements, arm movements, posture, proximity and locomotion can provide us with important information about the patient´s implicit self and their implicit relational knowing. She presents clinical examples to understand how this is played out in therapy and what can the therapist do to help patients be aware of their non-verbal communications. ...

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Dr. van der Kolk describes the effects of trauma in the body, brain and mind. A particular emphasis is put in the bodily manifestations of trauma and the fact the traumatic past events remain in the body as a present threat. He discusses the uselessness of traditional therapeutic techniques and introduces EMDR as a successful treatment for PTSD, explaining its technique, how it works and presenting some data that supports its effectiveness. As a conclusion, Dr. van der Kolk says that the aim of treating PTSD is to deactivate trauma and reset the limbic system, allowing for a reconnection with the body....

  • MBT Treatment: “What works for Borderline Personality Disorder?”
  • In this video Professor Fonagy explains the concept of mentalization: what it is, its uses in the relationship with others and the self, how it develops in the human mind and the risks of losing this capacity. He creates a multidimensional model with 4 dichotomies that need to be balanced for an optimal mentalization function. Using this model to understand BPD, he shows the several difficulties these patients have to access mentalization. While other therapeutic techniques ask the patient to use mentalization capacities they don´t have, MBT tries to balance the functioning in the 4 dimensions to help patients achieve mentalization. ...

  • Technique and Beyond: Therapeutic Enactments, Mindfulness, and the Role of the Body
  • The article two simultaneous clinical journeys to discover the implicit self: the conscious and the unconscious. The explicit, conscious journey pertains to what the therapist believes she is doing as a clinician, supported by theory and technique. Therapeutic methods, meant to be learned but then be set aside and not reflected upon in the therapy hour, guide interventions that emerge spontaneously within the dyad. With somewhat predicable outcomes, this journey can easily become conscious, and thus explained, rationalized, reflected upon, and voluntarily changed mid-stream. For the explicit journey, body-oriented, mindfulness interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy bring to light the implicit self of the patient, and new physical actions that foster integration between explicit and implicit parts of the self can be discovered and executed....

  • Addictions and Trauma Recovery
  • The author addresses the role that addiction plays in the lives of trauma survivors. Furthermore, she points out how addictions act as a coping mechanism and what happens during abstinence. The therapist, she claims, must be aware of the reasons behind why the addiction started in order to best be able to help the patient as he or she begins to overcome the addiction. Additionally, she explains how helping the patient understand how the addiction aided him or her and how the therapies will help him or her cope in a different way is necessary for a true recovery....

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