July 3, 2017

Approach to Trauma 

Linda’s approach to working with trauma is guided by Bowen theory. A focus is on managing sympotms, reducing less functional behaviour to assist the survivor

“to communicate her needs and wants in more mature ways. Further, a family systems view of symptoms takes into account the survivor’s own reciprocal functioning in accepting invitations to function for others at the expense of herself. It also encourages work targeted at coming to grips with her own part in maintaining patterns of reactivity and anxiety binding behaviours. In so doing, this opens up many possibilities for viability and self-directed functioning… Freedom to think for oneself, and awareness building around how some behavioural adaptations hold more possibilities are core to this approach” (MacKay, 2012, p. 240).