The aim is to mobilize self-capacities that have been lost or attenuated through anxiety aroused in an attempt to maintain cohesiveness in the early environment, which continues to impair functioning or produce symptoms that interfere with functioning or with relationships. Giving voice to these concerns through structured conversation, allows a widening of consciousness, awareness of unconsciousness coping mechanisms, and of unexpressed feelings, and an ability to change these, in an attempt to deal with problems differently. It is not a replacement for, or a shortened Long-Term Therapy. It helps patients who have found CBT or medication alone, unhelpful, or prefer a talking therapy, and is specifically indicated for a wide range of problems that patients present with and can be the focus of therapy.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent