A trauma is a drastic event which significantly exceeds a person’s (and realistically most people’s) coping strategies.
- Regardless of whether someone has recently suffered a trauma or whether it was a long time ago, trauma therapy is primarily concerned with internal stabilisation: therapists impart to patients techniques with which they can calm themselves down and re-centre whenever necessary.
- Equally important is that the therapy does not revive the trauma in an attempt to process it. Revived traumas may retraumatise the patient and there is no gain in repeating such suffering.
- The medium-term goal is to process the trauma in a way that transforms it into a memory that no longer interferes with the present.