Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beyond the Narrative: Effective Therapeutic Approaches in Early Childhood Trauma
by Gonzalez, Sherry M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 57; 10289113
Abstract (Summary)

The current study highlights symptoms of early childhood trauma that are often overlooked. It challenges the common assumption that if children are not talking about the trauma then it does not bother them but rather focuses on symptoms that may be surfacing unconsciously, through play, dreams, and somatic symptoms. Drawing from the current researchers experience with trauma composed the statement: Therapists and primary caregivers can help children work through early childhood trauma, without knowing their narratives, but rather with combinations of depth approaches using dream work, play therapy, and somatic techniques that are interwoven with the use of imagination. This led to pulling from the works of Judith Herman, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Patricia Garfield, and Violet Oaklander. Generating findings that prove effective to easing symptoms of early childhood trauma when combining techniques from these different areas of study: dream work, somatic work on the body and play.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gugiu, Kaeti
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Dream work, Early childhood trauma, Imagination, Play therapy, Somatic therapy, Trauma symptoms
Publication Number: 10289113
ISBN: 978-0-438-63660-6
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