Benefits of a Contextual Approach to Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma
Child Abuse, Trauma, Psychotherapy, Contextual Therapy, Family Environment
Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
The conceptual framework and treatment rationale of contextual therapy are described. Contextual therapy was specifically fashioned for survivors of prolonged child abuse (PCA). It is grounded in the observation that contexts beyond abuse trauma, especially restrictions in psychological development stemming from growing up in an ineffective family environment, appreciably impact the adjustment of many PCA survivors. Contextual therapy proposes that remediation of developmental gaps commonly manifested by PCA survivors is essential to equip them to (a) benefit from rather than be debilitated by trauma processing and (b) move beyond symptom reduction to the attainment of adequate social and occupational functioning
Gold, S. N.
(2008). Benefits of a Contextual Approach to Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9(2), 269-292.
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