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Marital therapy, EMDR, Herman's model of recovery from trauma: the journey of one woman and her family

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The
Volume 17 Issue 4 (1996 Dec)

Abstract: Judith Herman (1992, page 183) delineates a three stage model of recovery from trauma: 1) Safety, 2) Remembrance and Mourning, 3) Reconnection. She criticises current treatment methods for their failure to make a difference in the "constrictive symptoms of numbing and social withdrawal...and marital, social and work problems do not necessarily improve". Family therapy has been criticised often for insufficient focus on emotion and general sensations. This case analysis will illustrate how these shortcomings can be successfully addressed with the use of marital counselling and EMDR. The use of multiple treatment approaches contributed to one client's resolution of recent trauma due to a car accident, of past crises due to marital infidelity and early childhood abuse, with significant changes for her in her current family as well as in her family of origin. Theoretical implications for "family therapy" are raised. (author abstract)

To cite this article: Arnstein, M. Marital therapy, EMDR, Herman's model of recovery from trauma: the journey of one woman and her family [online]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1996 Dec: 212-24. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=429235793708050;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 0814-723X. [cited 28 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Arnstein, M; Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, The, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1996 Dec: 212-24 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0814-723X Subject: Marital psychotherapy; Post-traumatic stress disorder--Treatment; Affiliation: (1) Child and Adolescent Service, ACT Health, Mental Health Branch, A.C.T.

Database: Families & Society Collection