Trauma Therapy.



EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a scientifically established method for the processing of traumatic experiences, recognised by WHO. By bilateral stimulation, e.g. by means of eye movements, information in the brain can be reprocessed and stressful memories become successfully integrated.


Psychotherapists: the professional group ​dealing with the healing of mental illness is called psychotherapists. They basically are medical doctors, psychologists and realated professional groups. According to the law for psychotherapists (1999) the practice of psychotherapy is exclusively for licensed psychotherapists. They have also passed a state examination. There are mainly two fields of specialzation: the deep psychologically oriented psychotherapy and learning psychotherapy. In addition to the adult sector, the legislator also provides for a specialisation in child and youth psychotherapy. Here, too, a licence to practise (in German: Approbation) is a prerequisite for practising the profession.


Psychotherapy - Sience-teaching of the treatment of mental illnesses. The most famous representative is Siegmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist (1856-1939). His first researches and hypotheses led to the development of psychotherapeutic procedures in Germany after the Second World War. Two main currents later competed with each other: deep psychologically oriented psychotherapy and learning psychotherapy. The latter was found in the US by a well known representative John B. Watson (1878-1058)


PTSD - Post-traumatic stress disorder: It is the result of traumatic experiences such as rape, natural catastrophe, wars, serious accidents. They trigger a strong psychological stress reaction in every human being. Approximately 70% of those affected do not develop a disturbance due to their own psychological forces, with long-term consequences of about 30%. This includes various symptoms such as anxiety, depression, feeling anesthetized, avoiding similar appearing situations. In particular, the reverberation memories (flashbacks) often burden the affected person for years if the PTSD remains untreated.


Confronted with the fact that in many crisis areas there is no sufficient specialist staff available to meet the high demand for psychological care, TraumaAID has responded with a training concept for non-professional care personnel called TPSS+:

T) Trauma - focused

(PSS) Psychosocial Support

(+) plus use of EMDR elements for anchoring by slow bilateral stimulation

See also TraumaAID education-concept


Trauma: Similar to physical injuries that lead to a wound, psychologically effective injuries can also lead to mental wounds. These are often caused by violence, the most severe is the impact of so-called man made disasters. In the immediate consequence of the event, the affected persons feel themselves helpless and completely surrendered, the reaction is also called speechless horror. The psychotraumatology (science of the consequences of traumatic stress) deals with the effects, the resistance, the recovery and the psychotherapeutic possibilities for action.


WHO - World Health Organisation: the World Health Organization is part of the United Nations with responsibility for health care worldwide. Founding year 1948. One of the main tasks is the fight against diseases, including mental illnesses and their growth, with the aim of improving overall health. Global decisions are usually decided in Geneva as for example the global vaccination programs. In the area of psychology, for example, the World-Suicice-Preventionday has been established in 2003.