Recovered Memory Therapy
Therapeutic intervention are crafted in a fashion so that it renders the client with earliest and the most effective intervention toward mental distress. Recovered Memory Therapy is a therapeutic practice that employs methods which evoke past memories of an individual, so a to remove their psychological distress soon.
What to expect?
Recovered Memory Therapy amalgamates several therapeutic techniques and although each of the techniques may lead to recovery of accurate memories, they can also result in the recovery of distorted or wholly constructed memories.
How does it work?
The techniques involved are as follows:
A variation on the symptom is dependent on the notion of "body memory" of sexual abuse. Commonly, the body memory notion is that the body hold on memories at the cellular level out side the brain. Thereby the body independently attempts to communicate about abuse through particular signs, somatic illnesses, or stigmata .
Hypnosis and hypnotic age regression are often employed to recover memories. Detailed memories of "past lives" and unidentified flying object abductions have been recovered using hypnosis. This recovery of such repressed events is compelling evidence that hypnosis can produce powerful but erroneous memories.
Conscious thought can be kept under controlled; conscious awareness can be changed by defenses. But in sleep realities that are carefully masked during wakefulness can leak out. The dreams of many incest survivors are vivid versions of the nightmares anticipated by posttraumatic distress disorder. Terrifying, horror-filled, full of images of entrapment and violence, they represent the underlying themes of incest.
Journals or writing exercises are also incorporated to recover incest memories.. The client is instructed to attempt nonevaluative stream-of-consciousness writing. Journaling is sometimes used to strengthen and allow for elaboration of a recently recovered memory.
Guided imagery is a type of psychodrama where the client achieves a relaxed state and slowly pictures scenarios suggested by the therapist. The gateway is an intuition from which the client and therapist tries to uncover emotionally charged early memories. Several forensic psychologists have agreed that guided imagery creates a state similar to that of hypnosis and is equally unreliable.
Sodium amytal, the so-called truth serum, is a barbiturate. It induces drowsiness, feelings of inebriation, a sense of well-being, relaxation, and a willingness to discuss things one is not ready to discuss. The amytal interviewer initials by telling the client that s/he is receiving a drug that will result in relaxation and create a desire to talk. Clients are assured that they are not receiving a "truth serum." The interviewer begins by discussing neutral topics and steadily moves on to more threatening issues as the drug takes effect. .
Participation in an incest therapy group generally stimulates the memory recovery as members "chain" from each other's experiences. The group further allows the validation of memories and supports expression, creating an empathetic environment. In fact, a group can act as a such powerful catalyst to recall that it is sometimes become essential for the leaders to slow the process to avoid flooding of emotional memories and to allow time for reintegration.
When is it used?
These techniques can be used altogether as well as independently to restore the well being of people who are suffering from neurotic disorders like anxiety, phobia, trauma and depression.
Role of therapist:
A recovered memory therapist presumptively identify symptoms of forgotten childhood sexual abuse. The damaging nature of these unavailable yet threatening memories makes it essential to be recovered and addressed in this therapy. This is achieved by using the above mentioned memory recovery techniques.