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Trauma-Related Phobias: Understanding and Working with Inner-directed Avoidance in Complex Trauma: Video Course US

Trauma-Related Phobias: Understanding and Working with Inner-directed Avoidance in Complex Trauma: Video Course US

We tend to think of phobias as experiences of avoidance of external situations or experiences, such as spiders, heights, flying or driving. However, all phobias are actually an extreme avoidance of the inner experience, for example, the experience of imagining and thinking and feeling fear about flying.

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CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Kathy Steele

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

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We also think of phobias as being related to fear, but they can also be related to shame and can lead to profound avoidance strategies and defences in traumatized clients. Understanding that phobias feed a toxic cycle of fear and shame is a crucial step towards recovery. It is by learning to acknowledge their deepest phobias and the fear or shame that drives them, and by recognizing the role these play in our clients’ daily lives, that we can work towards breaking the subconscious cycle of trauma reactions. We can then help our clients move towards deconstructing, processing, and eventually recovering from the experience of trauma.

In this webinar, we will specifically explore five trauma-linked phobias and how these manifest in our clients. The first phobia is a broad “umbrella” encompassing all types of inner experience such as emotions, thoughts, sensations, wishes, needs, fantasies, and dreams (nightmares). Special subcategories of phobic avoidance include the phobia of close relationships and their feared loss through rejection, criticism, or abandonment; the phobia of dissociative parts of self; the phobia of traumatic memories; and the phobia of adaptive change and risk-taking. Through case discussions and vignettes, we will also explore how these five specific phobias are related to complex trauma and are directed towards inner experiences that are either too fearful or shameful to tolerate.

Participants will learn how to identify and work with phobias in a systematic and step-by-step manner and how to employ specific interventions for each of the four subcategories of trauma-related phobias.

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What you’ll learn

Participants will learn how to identify and work with phobias in a systematic and step-by-step manner and how to employ specific interventions for each of the four subcategories of trauma-related phobias.

Learning objectives

  • Explain inner directed phobias in complex trauma
  • Employ specific interventions to support clients in overcoming the general phobia of inner experience
  • Identify a stepwise progression of working with trauma-related phobias

About the speaker(s)

Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been treating complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment issues since 1985. She is in private practice with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Services and is Adjunct Faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, US.  Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also previously served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has been involved with developing treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders and well as for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Kathy has received a number of awards for her work, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, and the 2011 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions.  She is known for her humour, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and a teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways using an integrative psychotherapy model that draws from both traditional and somatic approaches. She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer.

She has co-authored three books as part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Haunted Self: Structural dissociation of the personality and chronic traumatization (2006, Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, & Steele – W. W. Norton); Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists (2011, Boon, Steele, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton); and most recently, Treating trauma-related dissociation: A practical, integrative approach(2017, Steele, Boon, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton). She has also (co)authored numerous book chapters and journal articles.

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