As the writer William Faulkner once said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And what better example of that can we find than in the ways patients relive their traumas from the past in their present life. Every therapist knows that what patients cannot put into words they will put into action. The question becomes: how do we help patients move from reliving their traumas in therapy to being able to work through those traumas so that they become free to live into life in a new way.
We will study a videotaped three-hour initial session with a woman who had been in therapy for over twenty years. Her therapy had helped her understand her past cognitively, but it had not changed her emotionally. She was still suffering from depression, anxiety, and a series of relationships with abusive men.
- to help patients work through traumatic memories and experiences.
- how to help patients bear what was once unbearable.
- how to link bodily experiences in therapy with past traumas.
- how to deactivate projections onto the therapist.
- how to help patients move from reliving the past to living in the present.
The event will take place on the 26th of March in downtown Helsinki. For more information and registration, here´s a flyer.