Combining Expressive Writing with an Affect- and Attachment-Focused Psychotherapeutic Approach in the Treatment of a Single-Incident Trauma Survivor: The Case of "Grace"
Keywords:Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Expressive Writing, psychotherapy integration, trauma case study, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), case study, clinical case study
AbstractThe idea of using a phase-oriented model in the treatment of trauma is an established one. The first phase aims to establish safety, stabilization, and trust before moving onto the second phase, which involves more direct and intensive processing of trauma. The third phase serves to consolidate and integrate the gains made in treatment. The purpose of this study is to determine whether utilizing a phase-oriented model that combines Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an affect and attachment-focused experiential treatment, with expressive writing enhanced the treatment of "Grace," a single-incident trauma survivor. While both AEDP and expressive writing are well developed methods, their combination has not been tried before. Focusing on a survivor of a single-incident trauma was chosen to best implement the goal of writing about a concrete traumatic event. In line with the three-phase approach, the "AEDP-Writing" model first utilizes AEDP to build a secure attachment as well as affect tolerance, setting the stage for deeper exploration of a patient’s traumatic history. Second, the expressive writing component then builds on this base by directly addressing the traumatic incident and processing it in a deeper and more comprehensive manner. Finally, utilizing both the AEDP and expressive writing approaches, the third phase involves reflection on the work done, consolidation, and celebration of the patient’s true self state of being.
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