Leading the Way in Trauma Therapy

Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
Dec 2, 2013, 11:20 AM

The last blog post focused on the value of the intensive treatment format. The main point was that if the client comes to solve a problem, why not just get it done, instead of dragging therapy out for months? The post led to much back-channel discussion, continued here. (And this time please just post your comments below, OK? Makes for a better discussion. Thanks.)

There are some situations in ...

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Nov 4, 2013, 1:40 PM

Why is therapy for an hour per week? Probably because:

  • You can fit it into a weekly routine.
  • Each session’s work can interact with the client’s life for incremental benefit.
  • This is what the insurance companies will pay for.

The fact that a convention exists for good reasons does not mean that it’s still the best way to do it today. The custom of the weekly therapy hour should be reconsider ...

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Oct 5, 2013, 7:39 PM

Since developing Progressive Counting (PC) in 2007, I’ve been teaching it quite a bit, often to therapists who are already trained in other trauma resolution methods. I enjoy the reactions: typically surprise and excitement for how well PC seems to work, how quickly, and how smoothly, relative to other trauma treatments. I’ve also heard two typical objections that I find curious:

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Sep 4, 2013, 7:36 AM

Much has been made of the importance of non-specific factors (such as empathy, therapeutic alliance, etc.) to therapy outcome, and rightly so: therapists who use the common factors get better outcomes (Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble, 2010). However, that does not mean that only the common factors matter. For example, it’s well established that the trauma-specific treatments actually do tre ...

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Aug 6, 2013, 5:58 AM

When I call therapists in other locations to check them out for a referral, I briefly describe the case and ask what their approach would be. Quite a number of these therapists have said something like, “I mainly focus on the relationship, since that’s where the healing comes from.” In a recent survey I saw a number of similar comments. One question focused on choice of technique in a particu ...

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Jul 9, 2013, 8:22 PM

Hi. Ricky Greenwald here, founder and director of Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute, and this blog’s author. Welcome to our new/revised web sites, not to mention this new blog, first post. A chance to share thoughts and information about some of our own activities, as well as what’s going on in “our” world: trauma, loss, and healing. My intention is to post something new every month o ...

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