Onno van der hart dissociation

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onno van der hart dissociation

The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization by Onno van der Hart

They typically have a wide array of symptoms, often classified under different combinations of comorbidity, which can make assessment and treatment complicated and confusing for the therapist.

Many patients have substantial problems with daily living and relationships, including serious intrapsychic conflicts and maladaptive coping strategies. Their suffering essentially relates to a terrifying and painful past that haunts them. Even when survivors attempt to hide their distress beneath a facade of normality—a common strategy—therapists often feel besieged by their many symptoms and serious pain. Small wonder that many survivors of chronic traumatization have seen several therapists with little if any gains, and that quite a few have been labeled as untreatable or resistant.

In this book, three leading researchers and clinicians share what they have learned from treating and studying chronically traumatized individuals across more than 65 years of collective experience. Based on the theory of structural dissociation of the personality in combination with a Janetian psychology of action, the authors have developed a model of phase-oriented treatment that focuses on the identification and treatment of structural dissociation and related maladaptive mental and behavioral actions. The foundation of this approach is to support patients in learning more effective mental and behavioral actions that will enable them to become more adaptive in life and to resolve their structural dissociation. This principle implies an overall therapeutic goal of raising the integrative capacity, in order to cope with the demands of daily life and deal with the haunting remnants of the past, with the “unfinished business” of traumatic memories.

Of interest to clinicians, students of clinical psychology and psychiatry, as well as to researchers, all those interested in adult survivors of chronic child abuse and neglect will find helpful insights and tools that may make the treatment more effective and efficient, and more tolerable for the suffering patient.
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Within this frame, therapeutic progress can be enhanced by the use of imagery-based therapeutic techniques.
Onno van der Hart

Prof. Onno van der Hart

He has been on the Editorial Board of a number of scientific journals, including Dissociation, and he has published several books in the area of trauma and dissociation, loss, and bereavement, and over articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals several of which can be found at www. Both nationally and internationally, he is a clinical consultant on diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma-related disorders and he presents lectures and workshops on complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, trauma treatment, and formerly he presented workshops on hypnosis and family therapy. Currently, Prof. Van der Hart continues to work with colleagues Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD, and Kathy Steele, MN, CS, on a theoretical approach on trauma-related structural dissociation of the personality and treatment model which unifies psychiatric disorders with a traumatic stress origin. A new video interview with Onno van der Hart is now available on the Members only section. Onno van der Hart is here talking about his background, how the understanding of the concept of dissociation has changed, and about his thoughts about this.

See also: co-author of articles in international referred journals. Van der Hart, O.
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  1. Neville B. says:

    Onno van der Hart offers, nationally and internationally, training and consultation on trauma-related dissociation, complex trauma-related disorders including the dissociative disorders.

  2. Laubethexpduns1968 says:

    Activitas Nervosa Superior.

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