Presenting problem: BrainWorking RecursiveTherapy (BWRT) for PTSD
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1
C was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and wanted to try BrainWorking Recursive Therapy for PTSD, having tried other routes to wellness, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
At consultation he explained how, since being involved in a near-fatal traffic accident around 18 months previously, life had been very difficult. A member of the emergency services, C had tried to rationalise events without success and now, despite his best efforts, his symptoms were out of control.
Common to sufferers of PTSD, C felt constantly alert and hyper-vigilant, a psychological and physical state which left him exhausted. He was signed-off work, having developed a fear of going out, was sleeping very little, and expended his nervous energy walking around the house. A recent check on his pedometer showed 17,000 steps in a single day.
Alongside this overwhelming anxiety, C was consumed with rage. His wife had been with him at the time of the accident and her actions on the day had angered him so much that he no longer trusted her. Explosive arguments had become part and parcel of daily life, and although in quieter moments C understood his behaviour was irrational, he felt unable to control his emotions, misinterpreting everything his wife said and did.
Using a specific technique designed to help change emotional responses to a single traumatic moment in time, afterwards C was unable to reconnect with the difficult feelings originally attached to the memory of the accident. Even rigorous attempts to find the old feelings were met with an astonished look, with C commenting he was ‘not even feeling bad’.
Exploring his subsequent rage, C remarked that it still felt insurmountable, describing a ‘suspicious, protective, solid lump’ which weighed so heavily in his chest he felt unable to breathe. With plenty of time left in the session we dealt with this, too, removing the emotional weight he’d been encumbered by for long enough.
Reflecting back on the therapy, C found himself smiling which, upon realising this, in the very next second turned to an expression of surprise before settling in to laughter, through which he explained he hadn’t smiled since the accident. Slightly confused but very happy, C left the consulting room to set about saving his marriage and getting back to work.
We thought he might need a follow-up session but, in the end, he never did. The last I heard, C was back saving lives and posting happy family photos on Facebook.
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