Relational Trauma Repair …..RTR is a psychoeducational, experiential model for healing relational trauma and developing emotional regulation and resilience, that is designed to fit into treatment programs and outpatient settings. RTR is an integration of sociometry and up to date research in trauma, attachment and grief. It is a user friendly multi- sensory approach to healing ruptures both within the self and relationships that uses psychodrama, sociometry, journaling and guided imagery in the treatment of trauma related issues.
Sociometry allows for many small connections with self and others. Working in small and incremental moments of connection and repair can help clients to move in and out of their own pain state without becoming overwhelmed and stuck. This process helps clients to chunk down and regulate overwhelming emotions without becoming flooded.
For those who have been traumatized by relationships, particularly as vulnerable children trapped in painful homes, subsequent relationships can act as triggers for early, unconscious or unresolved pain.
Relational Trauma Repair (RTR) is an experiential process designed to safely revisit this kind of relational pain, make it conscious and work through it.
When we get triggered, we may only know that something is wrong by our over-reaction to it. Hidden pain is elusive. It appears to be dormant, to be sleeping, but it sleeps with one eye open. It sleeps until something wakes it up. Something be it a loud sound, a look, a smell, or a relational dynamic acts as a stimulus, a reminder, a trigger. Then almost with no warning, we slip past our normal, psychologicalgovernors and enter what I refer to as a trauma vortex or a disequilibrating interplay between our physiological and psychological systems. Those experiencing this inner combustion may get caught in a sort of emotional quicksand and when they struggle or effort their way out of it, they sink further down, they create more pain and fear through their intense reactions to this disequilibrating feeling within themselves. RTR is designed to allow for identification of those moments. It provides an experiential format through which feelings that are warmed up or triggered can rise to the surface, be translated into words and shared with others. It develops skills of mindfulness and self regulation, there are many moments of sharing in dyads and clusters thatallow feelings to rise to the surface and be explored within an unthreatening, relational context,facilitating moment after moment of connection and repair.RTR strengthens skills of opening up, reaching out, sharing and then listening to others do the same.