Rethinking Trauma Treatment by
Call Number: 616.8521 ARM
Forming a secure therapeutic alliance with traumatized clients is tricky. How do you help clients trust you after they've been abused, betrayed, or exploited? How do you instill hope and convince clients who've been devastated by loss to believe that a better life is possible? In this accessible guide, Courtney Armstrong distills discoveries from attachment theory, brain science, and post-traumatic growth into practical strategies you can use to: 1) build trust and a secure therapeutic relationship; 2) transform traumatic memories into stories of triumph and courage; and 3) help clients cultivate resilience and a positive post-trauma identity. Packed with dozens of scripts, step-by-step worksheets, and inspiring client stories, this book gives you tools for each phase of the trauma therapy process and shows you how to: Engage and motivate clients based on their attachment style; Manage trauma-related dissociation, anxiety, and anger; Transform traumatic memories so they no longer haunt your client; Work with different types of trauma, from sexual abuse to traumatic grief; Evoke inner resources for healing and positive emotional states; Counter compassion fatigue and burnout so you can thrive as a therapist; Merely talking about a traumatic event is not enough because the parts of the brain where traumatic, implicit memories are stored don't understand words. Heartfelt, relational experiences catalyze brain change and buffer the impact of trauma. In this book, Armstrong demonstrates that neuroscience is validating what therapists have suspected all along: the brain changes through the heart.