Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Through the eyes of a child: A symbolic, narrative journey through complex childhood trauma
by Fernandez, Bonnie Rose, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 117; 1490015
Abstract (Summary)

This research examines how symbolic expression in the form of written autobiographical stories, dream images, and original art can heal the survivor of complex childhood trauma. Chronic neglect, witnessing and/or experiencing physical and sexual abuse, systematic humiliation, or other terrorizing experiences can lead to psychic fragmentation, disruptions in memory, and other adaptations that can cause lifelong suffering and functional impairment. These trauma sequelae concern psychotherapists and other professionals who treat survivors. Included is a discussion of attachment theory, brain development, memory, and other psychological experiences endured by childhood trauma survivors. Presented is the author’s artistic, phenomenological, and hermeneutic engagement with healing such trauma through depth psychology, psychotherapy, and symbolic artistic representations including memoir. There is a focus on the importance of rebuilding self through the piecing together of coherent autobiographical narrative. It includes coverage of stages of recovery and various treatment approaches including EMDR, art therapy, and Jungian dreamwork.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wallner, Lou Ann
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Developmental psychology, Individual & family studies
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Publication Number: 1490015
ISBN: 978-1-124-48213-2
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