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?
- How do we recover if we can’t even remember?
- How do we heal from the effects of trauma so overwhelming that it has left us with a ‘corruption of memory’ – either too much (flashbacks) or too little (amnesia)?
- What about so-called ‘false memories’? What about ‘body memories’?
- Is it really possible to recover from trauma when traumatic memories are either too hot to handle or hurt so much they’re hidden?
This is the basis for what we’ll be looking at on episode 4 of our series ‘Working with Trauma’
This webinar will consist of a one-hour, content-packed presentation followed by a subsequent optional Q&A video answering questions from the audience. There will also be numerous other resources, including psychoeducational posters etc to use with clients, lifetime access, full transcript and MP3 audio for future reference, and a CPD certificate.
The webinar will go live at 2 pm on Tuesday 13 October 2020 but then is available any time afterwards as well as on-demand. Although aimed primarily at counsellors and psychotherapists working with survivors of childhood trauma, the content is suitable to a wide range of professionals as well as survivors themselves.