Do we need to remember our trauma in order to recover from it? Do we have to talk about it, or is it best not to, to avoid being retraumatised? What about traumatic or dissociative amnesia? How do you heal if you can’t even properly remember what happened?
Join me as I look at how to process and metabolise traumatic memory safely and effectively, and how to resolve the ‘corruption of memory’ that being traumatised represents.
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Standard therapy is largely based on the assumption that as clients we know what has happened in our lives, that we can deliver a relatively coherent narrative about it, and that we may even be able to articulate how we feel about it. All of that breaks down after trauma, where memory systems in the brain go offline during life threat, resulting in full or partial amnesia. We may also have a strong sense of unreality or denial about what happened to us, and our emotions may be stuck on zero or ten.
So what’s the answer?
This is the basis for what I’ll be looking at in episode 4 of our webinar series ‘Working with Trauma’. I will explain the nature and function of traumatic memories and combine the latest neuroscience research with my own narrative of resolving trauma memories in my journey towards recovery.
These on-demand webinars are aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and all other mental health professionals (including trainees), or anyone working with survivors of trauma. They may also be of interest and relevance to survivors of trauma themselves.
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