Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Treatment for PTSD: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

There’s a great deal to be said about changing our thoughts. Many who suffer from chronic PTSD have heard many times, “Just go and do it,” “Put the thoughts behind you.” All these are basic versions of “Get over it!” “Move on!” “Life’s too short to dwell on it!”

If your body is full of acute activation it’s not so easy. In fact, it’s downright difficult.

The body, being the most concrete presence takes time to change (as we know when we’ve tried to lose weight or try some new exercise.) We need to have an understanding of what’s going on in the brain, in our nervous systems, and why parts of us are perhaps afraid to change and do it differently.

We can help the process along by using a trauma focused approach to training the mind and helping it focus on what you want to do instead of having it be hijacked and overwhelmed. The skills of training our minds and strengthen our focus is extremely helpful in treating trauma. Nice to know that this translates well into supporting our meditation practice!

Over 13 years ago, I developed a trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy which integrated psychological approaches and the principles of somatic therapies to help people between therapy sessions.

I found that the many hours during the week when not in therapy were hard on so many people, especially those with chronic PTSD. The Becoming Safely Embodied Skills were meant to give skills so people wouldn’t feel as alone or out of control. The BSE Skills use the mind (cognitive therapy) to influence and shape what happens in the body, a useful precursor to more specific somatic therapies.

 

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