Emerging trauma therapies: Critical analysis and discussion of three novel approaches

Citation (APA Style): Gurda, K. (2015). Emerging trauma therapies: Critical analysis and discussion of three novel approaches. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 24(7), 773-793. doi:10.1080/10926771.2015.1062445


Trauma-related disorders and treatment have gained increasing attention in the last 3 decades, spurring the development of novel treatment approaches. Many of these are incorporated into clinical practice despite lacking a solid evidence base or unbiased analyses to facilitate interpretation of existing information. Although treatments might draw on elements from validated therapies, questions regarding the incremental efficacy of new approaches persist. Three novel therapies that might warrant further examination include energy psychology, yoga, and brainspotting. The emergence of novel, trauma-related therapies is examined, and the history, theory, practice, and evidence base of these 3 specific therapies are outlined. Directions for future work are discussed. Expositions such as this might serve as a helpful resource for clinicians seeking discernment regarding treatment for posttraumatic stress disorders

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