Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sourcing Image Formation in a Depth Psychological Approach to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
by Newton, Priscilla, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 67; 1690651
Abstract (Summary)

Although recognition of the constellation of emotional and mental events that comprise trauma date back to the late 19th century, contemporary curative approaches are derived from World War II desensitization treatments for battle fatigue that appear today in exposure-based therapies. To bring trauma therapy up to date, application of a phenomenological research method to critique contemporary treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder requires a multisystemic approach to the mind–body constellation that is clinically informed by state-of-the-art neuroscientific research relating to the pathophysiology of trauma. Particularly important is understanding the necessity of cross-hemispheric integration of emotional and cognitive imprints that persist after traumatic events. Mindfulness-based therapies such as the metacognitive model, emotion-focused therapies, and breath training such as samatha meditation techniques as well as the incorporation of somatic and ecopsychological approaches such as saltwater immersion are all effective, long-term, compassionate solutions that create lasting recovery from trauma and its adverse consequences to the life and well-being of the trauma victim.

Indexing (document details)
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Counseling Psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Exposure therapy, Mindfulness, Posttraumatic stress, Salt water, Trauma
Publication Number: 1690651
ISBN: 978-1-321-61312-4
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