Polimodal art therapy in work with trauma

It so happened that the assistance of a psychologist in most cases, people are turning at the moments of peak stress state, or in cases where the trauma lasts years and for the majority of injured people injured themselves have become an integral part of their themselves.

In such cases, the existence of injury for a long time to break down not only their lives but also the lives of loved ones.

Art therapy as a type of psychological help is a mild but effective tool for study of chronic injuries, and to work with people who recently survived a traumatic situation, and even in those cases when a person is still in the traumatic situation at the time of treatment . In such cases, the work with the art therapist provides additional resource to exit from the situation which is critical for the psyche.

Efficacy art therapeutic methods proved empirically. Art therapy is widely used by psychologists and psychotherapists as a basis for development and implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programs to different categories of customers, including patients suffering from PTSD.

Mental trauma

Under "trauma" (analog 'traumatic stress ") is meant a destabilizing effect on the individual various stresses having a high emotional component is significantly higher compared to those emotions that are experienced person in everyday life.

  • Mental trauma can have a one-time effects, and can wear and repetitive nature.
  • Mental trauma can result from natural or man-made disaster.
  • may have a mass or individual effects.

Why it is important to work through the trauma

As a result of trauma fails (decompensation) self-regulation mechanisms. The consequence of this failure is a violation of psychological homeostasis. Mental trauma can vary in duration and severity, as well the effects of trauma may occur with a delay, can sometimes take decades. In these cases, a very long-term therapy.

Often it takes years to find a link between the current state of human and psychological trauma that led to this state. A long period of detected flip-flop triggered repeatedly traumatized, but to identify the root cause of the necessary depth study.

Signs of trauma

Signs of trauma to the emotional level may be manifested in the form of causeless anxiety, fear, boredom, apathy, anger, rage.

Cognition - lack of concentration, impaired memory, loss of meaning of life, "nodules" of memories.

Physical disorders - aching body pain, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, lack of appetite.

Behavioral disorders - abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive substances, reduced social contact, provocative behavior.

It is important! When prolonged or massive nature of the stressor, even at the very end with a resistance to stress human resources. As a result, signs of distress and pathological changes, there is a dysfunctional adaptation, which manifests itself in the form of depression, aggressive behaviors, psychogenic stupor, psychological dissociation. (Kopitin AI)

creativity polimodal therapy

When the primary meetings in my practice I always use polymodal therapy. This choice stems from the fact that each patient is different, and while I do not know, but often he is not familiar with himself. What kind of creativity at this stage of our work with them will be as comfortable as possible, none of us do not know to know this is possible only by giving the patient a choice to use different materials and techniques.

It really is polymodal therapy. Polimodal therapy can use and combine different areas of art therapy. Music and dance, drawing and modeling, the use of natural materials and photos, role-play and narrative approach.

The most important thing in this process is choice, independent decision-making and at the same time the presence of a knowledgeable and understand what is happening, a specialist. This approach gives the patient a choice of which he has in most cases was not at the time of traumatization. That means a new level of understanding of what happened in a safer environment, and as a result, to achieve a certain coordinated interaction between their emotional, cognitive and behavioral spectra personal functioning. Which in turn makes it possible to develop new coping strategies.

In the process of using multimodal therapy, her confusions patient formed alternative approaches and views on what happened to him and / or happening at the moment.

Special consideration when using multimodal art therapy is to work in a group. The possibilities of group dynamics are limited only by the patient and the desire to work group members. And then the important task of art-therapist is to create a safe environment for all members of the group. Being safe, the entire group and each of its members individually can afford those feelings, thoughts and actions that have been impossible at the time of injury. Exchange of experience team members in the multimodal therapy is valuable presence in it of non-verbal means of communication. After all, sometimes our body says much more, and for some clearer than words.

Important! Regardless of whether they relate to an event around, whether they think of traumatic events that led you to the psychological trauma, it is necessary to see a specialist. It is important to understand that each of us has a different resistance to stress, that the same situation, each of us reacts differently, that there is a world of two equally treats people!

The earlier you apply, the shorter and more efficient treatment will be, so you in the shortest time will gain peace of mind!