Post-traumatic stress disorder: therapy – customised and multi-modalA multi-modal approach has proven successful with respect to taking the various biological, psychological and social aspects of PTSD into account. We apply a variety of therapeutic techniques, taking your individual circumstances into account.
Conservative treatment methods
Post-traumatic stress disorder: Treatment in several phases
PTSD treatment consists of three phases: stabilisation, confrontation and integration.
During the initial phase, the primary focus is on building a trusting and stable relationship between you and your therapist. You will learn to understand your reactions to what happened, how to regain a sense of security and the ability to trust and develop disassociation strategies. In addition, you will practice how to break down self-destructive behaviours and reduce tension. Imagination methods and creative therapies such as art or music therapy have proven successful with respect to disassociation.
Once you have been adequately stabilised, the next step is confrontation techniques. You and your therapists will develop situations that can be easily controlled and supported and supervised by the therapist. The objective is to understand the threat as something that happened in the past and integrate the trauma into your biography.
In the final step, you will learn to accept the trauma and its consequences. This is intended to prevent further disorders, mobilise social support and promote social and professional reintegration.
Therapeutic breaks can be scheduled between the individual treatment phases and trauma confrontation is not always sensible in every case.
Supplemental treatmentsIn addition to psychotherapeutic methods, at Schoen Clinic, we also offer you supplemental treatments such as relaxation techniques, as well as enjoyment and self-confidence training. The use of body-oriented methods has also proven successful. Creative therapies, such as art or music therapy, can make it easier for you to access and process visual memories.
In the trauma group, we encourage you to overcome your helplessness and psychosomatic symptoms as well as change limitations in your everyday life. With the help of psychotherapists and the other patients, you will learn to talk about your current stress. Be done with remaining silent and feeling isolated. Here, you will learn options for coping with stressful feelings and tension differently than you have to date. This will help you understand yourself and accept what you have experienced.
However, you do not deal with traumatic experiences in-depth in the group; this takes place in one-on-one therapy.