SOMATIC SYMPTOMS:THE GROTTE CHAUVET OF A TRAUMATIZED PSYCHE

Sparks, Daryl (2019) SOMATIC SYMPTOMS:THE GROTTE CHAUVET OF A TRAUMATIZED PSYCHE. UNSPECIFIED thesis, UNSPECIFIED. SOMATIC SYMPTOMS:THE GROTTE CHAUVET OF A TRAUMATIZED PSYCHE.

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Abstract

The topic of this clinical case study is the application of Somatic Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With the growing awareness of the need for trauma-informed health practitioners, this study aims to augment a body of literature pinpointing effective approaches for meeting the needs of sufferers of traumatic stress, especially the intense, long-term torment of PTSD. This particular case study documents the treatment and dramatic reduction of symptoms experienced by a victim of multiple sexual assaults.The literature reviewed for this case study includes biological, cognitivebehavioral, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives on trauma treatment, followed by imaginal approaches. A relevant principle in this study is the integration of mind and body to reduce survival impulses while increasing creativity. Additionally, the concepts of soul and embodiment are examined for use in trauma treatment, especially through somatic approaches. The literature on imaginal approaches to trauma treatment needs augmentation from additional research to determine the chief factors benefitting clients who experience improvement in PTSD symptoms from imaginal methods. Sociocultural perspectives require more assessment of the relationship between trauma-informed community intervention and its possible preventative and/or salutary impact on PTSD. The subject of this case study was a woman who spent 24 months with me on her therapy journey. The progression of treatment travels from disclosure of abuse, and acknowledging its impact on physical, psychological, and relational experiences, to the client's increasing agency over her story, thereby experiencing reduction and resolution of symptoms. Her treatment plan consisted of somatic and shamanic techniques, arguably representing Imaginal Psychology. Upon reviewing the learnings, mythic dimensions became apparent as integral to the client's therapy journey. Elements of the goddess Demeter's story surfaced in the client's separation and reintegration with both shadow, or the Underworld, and Persephone, the inner girl-child. Persephone, once whole and vibrant, fell victim to predatory elements and needed to be reclaimed and re-mothered by Demeter. The learnings indicate significant proportions of PTSD sufferers are re-entering society while needing acknowledgment of the inherent changes that befall such survivors of trauma. The story of Lazarus illustrates the communal efforts required for the individual's integration into new life.

Item Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Psychology > Somatic Psychology
Psychology > Somatic Psychology > Somatic practices
Programs: Psychology
Depositing User: Meridian Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 19:51
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2020 20:36
URI: http://scholarship.meridianuniversity.edu/id/eprint/178

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