Focusing-oriented Trauma Therapy is a person-centred approach to Trauma psychotherapy.
Central to this approach is building Identity (that it’s been crumbled by trauma) and separating the person from their trauma. In other words, people are always “bigger” than the experiences they have and that count also for trauma. Although people may feel overwhelmed by traumatic experiences, there will be always a chance to build up an internal safe place and find the right distance from where the adult part of them can observe and work trough the traumatized part of them. The therapist will thoroughly accompany the person in this process, helping to keep them safe, grounded and focus on the strengths, the same they use to survive and going trough the pain.
Focusing is a precious tool to work in psychotherapy with past or childhood traumas because-through the constant process of ‘diving into the body’-traumatized people can access to “forgotten”, split out and even pre-verbal experiences (that happened during the early years, where language wasn’t yet build up) and work through them in order to “normalize them”. A person who has experienced complex trauma, which is not the case of one single traumatic event -like a seism or a natural catastrophe-, but a whole life-period, normally early childhood years, where they experience, for example, abuse or neglect. This person needs to “normalize” this period because then the trauma was the rule, and what was happening there wasn’t really “normal”.
Focusing is also wonderfully helpful on working in psychotherapy with “stopped processes” or “stuck places” where different aspects of people’s normal development are blocked by trauma. Focusing will uncover the emotions underneath the obstacles and release what was stacked there. Furthermore, the felt sense of the whole situation will unravel the experience and show its original direction.