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What is somatic trauma therapy?

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Article or website name: What is somatic trauma therapy?

Author: Rothschild, Babette


Country: USA

Type: Body-Psychotherapy Education & Courses

URL: www.trauma.cc


Babette Rothschild is a member of the International and European Societies for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and the National Association of Social Workers. She has trained extensively in Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, and is a certified Bodynamic Analyst and certified Radix Teacher. Somatic Trauma Therapy is an integration of these systems and it draws from a range of current theory and techniques for the understanding and treatment of trauma, including PTSD. Somatic Trauma Therapy covers all aspects of trauma's consequence on the mind, body and asyche, and its integrated structure allows the therapist to cater to each client's special needs. Although it is not essential to remember a traumatic event in full, or even at all, what is important is to gain mastery over and shrink symptoms, improve quality of life and to reestablish a good rotelationship to the self. To begin, Somatic Trauma Therapy guides one through the process of gaining control over symptoms and reestablishing a sense of safety. Later steps-call for a restoration of emotional resources, physical reflexes and nervous system balance. If the traumatic event is remembered, there will be additional steps to assist one in making sense of what happened and to recognize it is over. Duration of Somatic Trauma Therapy'can range from a few sessions to several years depending on: the nature of the trauma(s), age at the time of the trauma(s), if the trauma(s) is isolated, intertwined with other trauma(s) or continuous, and current resources and strengths. (CCB)


Author's institution:
Language: English
Country origin: USA

Entry number: 3330
English version:

Entry source: Colleen Campbell Barshop
Entered by: Courtenay Young
Entry date: 1 January 2006

Key Phrases: Trauma
Other information: see article in USABP Journal 4: 2 : 2005 (2365)