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Recovery from trauma through experiential reframing: An empirical phenomenological study
by White, Sandra L., Ph.D., University of West Georgia, 2016, 191; 10109212
Abstract (Summary)

The researcher used phenomenological psychological analysis to explore the experiences of recovery from childhood psychosocial trauma of seven adult participants through the use of Experiential Reframing (ER). ER is a psychotherapeutic modality of clinical significance because it may allow patients to overcome the amygdaloidal hijacking and distorted meanings incident to traumagenic triggers in a relatively short-term intervention. The recollected experiences of participants’ before, during and after interventions were collected through semi-structured interviews. Study results were then tied to neurobiological research that might correspond with the phenomenological experiences of participants. Before treatment experiences of participants were marked by phobic relationships to anxiety and other emotions. The protocol served to reveal to patients the relationship between past experiences and current dysfunction. Post treatment, participants had new experiences of trigger events, specifically an ability to stay present to current experience, theorized to be the result of successful enough reconfiguring of autonomic system responses to certain somatosensory-based cues. The phenomenology of recovery was that there was a sudden shift that opened up the ability to deploy an observing ego perspective in the aftermath of (previously) trauma triggering events, but that the process was quite effortful for the first few times. While the experience of effortful mediation of experience in the aftermath of a trauma trigger never went away entirely for participants the process did become easier. Phobic positions with respect to emotions and anxiety dissolved, latent anxiety lowered, and lives opened up.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hart, Tobin R.
Commitee: Aanstoos, Christopher, Malone, Kareen
School: University of West Georgia
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-B 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Psychosocial abuse, Trauma, Treatment
Publication Number: 10109212
ISBN: 978-1-339-72509-3
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