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The Experience of Trauma on the Self: Trauma Bubbles, Spiral Images, and the Autonomous Healing Center

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Experiential Therapy from Trauma to Post-traumatic Growth

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After a 15-year intensive and extensive study of the research on the neurobiology of trauma, attachment, and post-traumatic growth, we have come to affirm that the self can only be understood through the mind–body integration. Research on experiential psychotherapy shows, without a doubt, that action methods are the treatment of choice for trauma-informed care. This chapter explains the theoretical integration of the therapeutic spiral model founded in clinical psychology, experiential psychotherapy, and clinically modified psychodrama. Clinical psychology defines what trauma is and looks at the history of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) around the world. Experiential principles of change include projective identification as it is now—a cornerstone of TSM psychodrama. Experiential psychotherapy anchors TSM psychodrama into a firm academic study of the self that is also supported by developments in interpersonal neurobiology. TSM fully embraces the core theories of spontaneity, creativity, and role from classical psychodrama, while clinically modifying original interventions to suit the needs of trauma survivors. Here, we add a new TSM focus from classical psychodrama—the autonomous healing center. Finally, we take these theories and share them in images that are user-friendly for clinicians and clients alike. The image of trauma bubbles clearly shows the chaos people often experience. Therapeutic and trauma spiral images are a shorthand for clients to communicate if they are triggered and need support. We end this chapter with a new visual of the autonomous healing center that has been imaged into colorful spirals through one of our art of integration projects.

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Hudgins, K., Durost, S.W. (2022). The Experience of Trauma on the Self: Trauma Bubbles, Spiral Images, and the Autonomous Healing Center. In: Experiential Therapy from Trauma to Post-traumatic Growth. Psychodrama in Counselling, Coaching and Education, vol 2. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-3175-8_2

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