Today, I’ve followed the first day of the post-HBO ECT at CELEVT. ECT stands for Early Childhood Chronic Traumatization (chronic traumas contracted before the sixth year of life).

The treatment of ECT requires a different approach than the treatment of traumas that occur later in life. A phase-oriented model has been developed for what has been successfully applied in mental health care for some time now and the ‘work’ focuses not only on trauma treatment but also on recovering of the damaged attachment systems.

I will share more about the content of this training, but first of all I want to stick to my personal experience and my own vision of my work.

What was quite challenging for me was that the majority of the participants work in regular care. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and all other healthcare professionals. But fortunately there are also a few Psychosocial Therapists in the group, to which I also technically belong. With my background in neuro-linguistic programming, neurofeedback, mindfulness/vipassana meditation, somatic experiencing and heart & sexuality I am quite a stranger. And that did a lot of things to me. From my perception I felt like an outsider during the introduction afternoon, activating my old conviction of ‘not being good enough’.

Fortunately, after today I have a different feeling. Because I came into conversation with my fellow students and thus also came into contact with them as human beings, my system was able to relax. My perception of not being good enough changed through the contact; We are all human beings, and we all walk our own path of life in which we can trust and learn from each other.

In addition, the vision of this training is holistic. We learn a form that is called Multidisciplinary Integral Trauma Treatment (MIT). This assumes that everyone has their own specializations and that this can be integrated into a mutual collaboration. This training is therefore also intended to come into contact with each other on a regular and complementary basis, also because trauma victims often have a spiritual need in addition to a very regular need.

This brings me to a topical theme of my own. How do I make sure that as a therapist I do not lose my ‘broad view’. Because besides the relational, emotional, psychological and physical plane, my view also focuses on the energetic and spiritual plane, although the latter has not been for sale until now. But now I have.

That is why I am going to stand for my spiritual side.

I work visibly regular/psychological/emotional/physical but invisible I also ‘work’ energetically/spiritually. During some sessions this is so strong that I don’t have to do ‘anything’ anymore. The power of the Light then takes over. I can’t explain how this works, but imagine a lamp that shines light on your own shadows. They become visible and soft in it, and are thus invited to heal. The great thing is that this does not only happen to my clients, but also to me.

By the way, this doesn’t always happen so strongly. For some it is too confronting to put the shadows in the light. This is where the basic mental/emotional trauma work comes in handy; working with the explicit and implicit memories, rewriting scripts, becoming aware of the attachment patterns, discharging and rounding off fixed trauma energy, etc. etc.

My profession is becoming more and more interesting.

And finally the question, do you dare to turn to the Light?

My profession is becoming more and more interesting.

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