Next you will begin to start thinking about treatment plans, and there are two that I use in my work: cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). Both forms of therapy are evidence-based, and effective. It has also been found that each type of therapy works for a range of traumatic experiences and related symptoms.
Both types of therapy work by working with the memories of the trauma in a sensitive and manageable way. This allows clients to think through things about the trauma, that they were troubled by, and feel less distressed by them. I will always ensure that clients know that they are in charge of work like this, and should things get too distressing, you will be able to stop the session, or have a break.
It's important to note that therapy can't make someone forget about a traumatic incident. It can, however, lessen the distress of a memory, and make it so that memories aren't recalled randomly, and intrusively.
Please note that each course of therapy is different for each client, and the information on CBT and EMDR is meant as a rough guide for clients. For more about the different ways of working with traumatic memories, choose either 'CBT' or 'EMDR'.