Component based psychotherapy is a trauma resolution model which recognizes that there are five components that need to be addressed when addressing developmental or complex trauma in therapy. These are not necessarily done sequentially. The important thing is that they get worked into the overall treatment at some point in the process. Your needs, your history, and how you respond as we do the work will guide us here. The five components are: relationship, regulation, processing the trauma, narrative, and integration.
The therapeutic relationship between us is critical. This must be carefully attended to so you feel safe and in control as we do the work together. This is an ongoing project that helps build a necessary foundation of trust for all the work we will do.
Regulation means emotional regulation. Trauma always involves strong residual emotions, and so you will need to be able to tolerate these to heal the trauma. Neurofeedback is excellent for this purpose. After 15 to 20 sessions of neurofeedback, most people are well prepared to work on the trauma.
Processing the trauma happens when you feel you are ready for this. This is where neurofeedback is so useful because it will set you up to succeed with this work. Processing the trauma is primarily done with EMDR, Memory Reconsolidation, and Alpha/Theta training.
An important part of resolving trauma is creating a new story of who you are. We call this creating a new narrative. Many people with trauma often blame themselves or pick up self-critical beliefs. Many people with trauma have no story at all. We will work to help you create a story of what happened that is based on reality and fact. This is a very important part of the work because the story we have of ourselves drives our behaviors, our self-esteem, and our relationships. Working through the trauma will allow you to create a more realistic story of what happened, and this may change the way you view and treat yourself.
As the trauma resolves and as the new narrative unfolds, you will begin to view yourself and the world very differently. Your old self will wither and a new self will be born. This new self may need some help in integrating itself into the world. The changes that occur as the trauma is resolved may feel awkward at first. People who know you may have trouble letting you be different. It can take some time to adjust to all this, and the therapy would help provide support and encouragement as you integrate these changes.
In summary, Component Based Psychotherapy is an excellent way to guide the process of healing developmental and complex trauma. It addresses all the areas that will need to be addressed during the course of the treatment. It does this in a way that is guided by your reactions to the work and is very respectful of your readiness for the work at each step. You should feel like you are an important part of the decision making process as the work progresses