When reading the word "posttraumatic", we generelly think of experiences involving violence and other incidents which may have been life-threatening. In TBT we take the definition of trauma somewhat wider. We use it in its original, classic Greek meaning: to define an injury or a wound. So when you read the word trauma on these pages, it is used in the broadest sense, to describe something which inflicted a wound to a person: to his body, psyche or soul.
Getting hurt is part and parcel of our daily life: the condescending remark made by a superior or colleague, the cold shoulder given by an adolescent, the shocking sight of an accident on our way home, or the story of a good friend who sobbingly tells us about the violence in her marriage. Whilst we are able to "digest" most of these impressions, some of them can stress us even long after the experience itself. The impressions occupy our mind and getting them out of our thoughts is exeedingly hard. Not only the psyche but also the body then start to show symtoms of stress.
With TBT we interrupt and resolve such automatic stress responses by applying the four-step protocol to the traumatic experience. This changes the way the memory is stored in the brain. TBT sets in motion a neurological decoupling process which causes the emotional impact to peak off and fade away. Since TBT is such a safe and gentle technique, much work can be done in self-application. For the treatment of severe trauma, I recommend you see a certified TBT Practitioner. You can find them on my TBT Practitioners Map or on Rehana Webster's international TBT website.