Trauma and Energy Psychology

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Trauma and Energy Psychology

  1. 1. A Challenge for Energy Psychology Willem Lammers Toronto, November 9, 2002 Trauma & Dissociation
  2. 2. <ul><li>Certain happenings leave </li></ul><ul><li>indelible and distressing memories, </li></ul><ul><li>memories to which the sufferer continully returns, </li></ul><ul><li>and by which he is tormented by day and by night... </li></ul><ul><li>Pierre Janet, 1919 </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Original Personality <ul><li>Life is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>predictable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>under control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>just </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Traumatic Events <ul><li>An unexpected, painful situation, which cannot be understood within the person’s existing frame of reference </li></ul><ul><li>The persons responsible for the victim cannot offer sufficient protection and cognitive structure to understand the event </li></ul>
  5. 5. After the Traumatic Event (Charles Samuel Myers, 1940) <ul><li>Dissociation </li></ul>fixated in the trauma and associated experiences fixated in avoidance of the trauma
  6. 6. The Perception of Time (Janet, 1925) present reality immediate future recent past distant future... ... distant past
  7. 7. Time Perception and Trauma (Lammers, 2002) present moment of traumatic event far future
  8. 8. The Inner Parent <ul><li>Dissociation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recovery from Trauma <ul><li>85–95% of victims recover spontaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Life becomes again: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>predictable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>under control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>just </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Treatment of Trauma <ul><li>5–15% of victims need treatment </li></ul>security infor mation coping neutralization integration
  11. 11. The Bad News <ul><li>A small number of clients are retraumatized and severely disturbed </li></ul><ul><li>They are dissociated, and treatment options are extremely limited </li></ul>
  12. 12. Trauma Processing Model
  13. 14. Download the full text of this presentation until November 30, 2002 www.iasag.ch/toronto.html

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