Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy

PITT: Tapping into the Healing Power of Your Imagination

Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy, developed by prof. Dr. med. Luise Redemann, is a resource and resilience-oriented modality, which uses the imagination as a powerful healing tool. With it, you will learn to treat yourself with compassion while cultivating strength and stability so that you can arrive consciously in the present and make use of all opportunities and possibilities available to you; thereby, empowering you to create meaningful change in your life.

PITT is not just a traditional therapy approach; it is a dynamic and personalized experience designed to help you gain deep insights into your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and benefit from self-discovery, self-acceptance, and growth, as you navigate the intricate pathways of your mind and heart in a safe and nurturing space where you can freely express yourself, without fear of judgment or criticism.

What can you expect from Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy

Prof. Dr. Redemann created this modality rooted in the belief that each individual possesses the inherent wisdom and resilience needed to overcome challenges and create a fulfilling life. My role is to facilitate and support your exploration, providing you with the tools and guidance necessary to tap into your inner resources.

During our sessions, we will delve into the depths of your experiences, uncovering the hidden narratives that shape your perceptions and choices. Through open and honest dialogue, we will examine the patterns and beliefs that may be holding you back, and together, we will work towards replacing them with healthier, more empowering alternatives.

PITT is not a quick fix; it is a transformative process that requires dedication, courage, and vulnerability. It is an opportunity to deepen your self-awareness, challenge limiting beliefs, and embrace new perspectives. It is a journey of self-compassion and self-discovery that will enable you to make conscious choices aligned with your true values and aspirations.

The 3 Phases of Psychodynamic Imaginative Trauma Therapy

1. Stabilization

A counterweight to traumatic or negative experiences is established to allow you to fluctuate between reassurance and processing.

  • Psychoeducation helps to better understand behavioral patterns and how to better deal with them while developing more self-compassion.
  • Internal and external stability are established through skills training, reorientation techniques, the development of stable relationships and the handling of destructive relationships.
  • Nourishing and calming imagination exercises are learned to promote feelings of security, safety and comfort.
  • The Inner Observer – the ability to mindfully observe one’s self, is developed to allow you to better distance yourself from uncomfortable or traumatic experiences.
  • Work with injured parts – internal work which focuses very specifically on comforting injured parts and providing them with the compassion and care that they need. Their pain is acknowledged and they can be removed from the burdensome situation in which they are trapped and brought to a safe environment of their choosing where they can be provided with safety and comfort

2. Trauma confrontation phase

Once internal and external stability have been established (the ability to calm and comfort yourself as well as cope with triggering situations without disassociating), confrontation with the traumatic or negative experiences can begin as compassionately and gently as possible. The Bask model is a helpful orientational tool used to evaluate the 4 areas which must be observed in order to ensure the successful integration of traumatic or negative experiences.

In this phase, well-practiced distancing techniques are used to ensure that the confrontation happens as slowly and gently as possible.  In this way, the negative experiences of fragmented parts can be worked through step by step. In this phase, as with all others, you will oscillate as needed into a stable state so that you are able to handle the traumatic material and remain present while still being able to conduct your everyday life.

3: Integration phase

After the confrontation follows a phase of mourning and integration.  At this time, self-worth and self-acceptance are of the utmost importance as well as developing new strategies for conflict resolution for the new beginning.

As you embark on this transformative path, remember that you are not alone. I am here to provide you with support and guidance every step of the way. Our therapeutic relationship is built on trust, empathy, and collaboration, and I am committed to tailoring our sessions to meet your unique needs and goals.

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