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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Somatic Impact of Childhood Trauma
by Hughey, Jennifer M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 50; 10076223
Abstract (Summary)

In moving beyond the traditional practices of working with behavioral patterns and thought narrative in psychotherapy to incorporating the physical health of the client, therapists can begin to identify unresolved trauma. The manifestation of somatic symptoms in the body through chronic pain, disease, somatic disorders, and unhealthy organ function may provide clues to a therapist regarding the possibility of a trauma history. The methodology of this thesis is qualitative. Using hermeneutics, existing cases and research literature are used to support the value that physical health knowledge can play in assisting the clinician in treating clients. Healing childhood trauma may contribute the greatest cost savings to the American medical system by processing and healing the traumatic event. Emotionally healing past trauma may also lead to the alleviation of somatic symptoms and heal the body. This thesis examines trauma theory, the impact of trauma on the body, and a review of clinical cases and research literature. Research findings are further reviewed using a depth psychological approach to treating trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Body, Depth psychology, Disease, Somatics, Trauma
Publication Number: 10076223
ISBN: 978-1-339-58537-6
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