If you have experienced trauma, please be assured that it is normal to react abnormally to abnormal situations.

Trauma is an injury or wound that is treatable.

Focus and duration of therapy depend on the type of trauma. Whether it is a “monotrauma”, i.e. a single traumatic event like an accident, or a “complex trauma”, i.e. frequent, major, prolonged or biographically early experiences of violence, determines the therapy process. To start with, trauma therapy is about strengthening of resources, self-care and setting limits, about stabilisation in the ‘here and now’.

This is the so-called stabilisation period that can last months or even years. We have a competent team of
trauma counsellors and trauma therapists who can help you.

The next phase is then taken over by the trauma therapists, who deal with the trauma itself - the exposure phase. Different methods such as the “screen method”, EMDR or TRIMB help going through the trauma.

In the final integration phase, the experiences are integrated into one’s own life story and the therapy process is completed. This includes the ability to mourn, to comfort oneself, to deal with questions of meaning or of guilt. Spirituality often plays an important role in this phase.

The aim of trauma work is to “make the difficult easy” (Dr. Ellen Spangenberg) and to integrate this difficult experience into life.

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