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May 2015 by PCI College

Trauma Essentials:The Go-To Guide by Babette Rothschild

How can counsellors and psychotherapists work more safely with survivors of trauma, help them to improve their quality of life, and minimise the risk of inadvertently causing further harm to the client, or even to themselves as therapists? This is one of the important questions addressed by Babette Rothschild in her book Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide, reviewed this week by PCI College Lecturer Andrew McLellan.

Whether you are a seasoned therapist, a student in training, or perhaps yourself a survivor of trauma (e.g., a serious accident, assault, violence, natural disaster, abuse, etc.) and trying to decide what kind of therapy might be of help to you, you will most likely benefit in some way from familiarising yourself with the unique contribution of Babette Rothschild to the field of trauma recovery. To that end, this affordable, informative, clear and concise little book, Trauma Essentials:The Go-To Guide is an excellent place to start.

Whether or not they seek to work with survivors of trauma, all counsellors and therapists will encounter them in their practice. If the practitioner has read this book, no matter what their theoretical orientation, their clinical work will be more effective and considerably safer, both for the therapist and their client, however mild or serious the trauma symptoms that initially present.

A highly experienced practitioner, Rothschild is herself trained in multiple methods of trauma therapy, and is the author of five books on the subject, including a self-help book for clients, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (2010). A gifted teacher and communicator, she continues to train therapists all over the world, including here in Ireland.

Subjects covered in Trauma Essentials include: defining and distinguishing trauma, stress, acute and traumatic stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); why only c.20% of trauma survivors develop PTSD; how modern neuroscience contributes to our understanding of traumatic memory; how trauma and trauma memory manifest in the body and how the body may be an essential resource for recovery; as well as self-care for therapists. The book also includes a brief but extensive review of many trauma treatment methods currently in use, including e.g., EMDR, NLP, CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, body-oriented, and mindfulness-based approaches, as well as issues around medication and PTSD.

As in all Rothschild’s work, the fundamental principle on which this work is based is that of client and therapist safety. She stresses her strongly-held belief that the primary goal of trauma therapy must be “to improve the quality of life - on a day-to-day basis – of the traumatised individual” (p.9). Crucially, she highlights the fact that the goal may not necessarily include ‘processing’ the trauma memory at all, and that naïvely inviting the client to ‘tell the story’ of their trauma may lead to retraumatisation, client destabilisation, and worse. The clear common-sense message is that, if your traumatised client feels worse after their session rather than better, it is time to stop and review your approach, no matter how strong the evidence base for its effectiveness. Truly essential reading. 

Andrew McLellan MIACP
PCI College Lecturer

BSc (Hons.) Counselling & Psychotherapy,
P.G. Cert Gestalt Psychotherapy

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