Healing processes in trauma narratives: A review

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Abstract

Re-tellings of the trauma story are a standard component of most current therapeutic inter- ventions with trauma survivors. However, the exact therapeutic processes whereby trauma narratives may facilitate change are not always clearly explicated in the literature. In order to identify these processes, a review was conducted of the published literature on those psy- chotherapeutic interventions for trauma that centralise the role of the trauma narrative in the recovery process. The review indicates that six therapeutic processes have consistently been proposed through which producing a trauma narrative as part of the therapy process may facilitate recovery from post-trauma pathology: emotional catharsis; the creation of linguistic representation; the habituation of anxiety; empathic witnessing of injustice; developing an ....... therapeutic process that the therapist and client are concerned with at a particular point in therapy. The implications for trauma counsellors, and for future research, are discussed.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Narrative
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotherapy
  • Review
  • Therapy
  • Trauma

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  • Debra Kaminer

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