How to do trauma therapy well.
Get therapy! It’s really hard to do trauma therapy if you haven’t been involved in your own therapy.
Get supervision. Trauma therapy is really hard to do without good supervision.
Engage in self-care: schedule and take breaks.
Have a focus on counter-transference and notice what’s going on with your own feelings and actions.
Be attentive to vicarious traumatization. We all are susceptible to being vicariously traumatized.
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Dr Robert T Muller's two books on psychotherapy are a useful resource for therapists' practice, especially with trauma survivors.
Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up
How to navigate the therapeutic relationship with trauma survivors, to help bring recovery and growth.
In therapy, we see how relationships are central to many traumatic experiences, but relationships are also critical to trauma recovery. Grounded firmly in attachment and trauma theory, this book shows how to use the psychotherapy relationship, to help clients find self-understanding and healing from trauma.
Offering candid, personal guidance, using rich case examples, Dr. Robert T. Muller provides the steps needed to build and maintain a strong therapist-client relationship –one that helps bring recovery and growth. With a host of practical tips and protocols, this book gives therapists a roadmap to effective trauma treatment.
Trauma and the Avoidant Client
Winner, 2011 Written Media Award, International Society for Study of Trauma & Dissociation.
How to effectively engage traumatized clients, who avoid attachment, closeness, and painful feelings.
A large segment of the therapy population consist of those who are in denial or retreat from their traumatic experiences. Here, drawing on attachment-based research, the author provides clinical techniques, specific intervention strategies, and practical advice for successfully addressing the often intractable issues of trauma.
Trauma and the Avoidant Client will enhance the skills of all mental health practitioners and trauma workers, and will serve as a valuable, useful resource to facilitate change and progress in psychotherapy.