Questions to ask about trauma

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101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with Trauma by Fredrike Bannink

This book aims to help therapists working with clients who struggle with trauma by offering them solution-focused (SF) viewpoints and skills. The book invites all professionals to change their focus from what is wrong to what is right with their clients, and from what isn’t working to what is working in their lives.


The book contains 101 solution-focused questions (and more) for help with trauma, with a focus on the clients’ preferred future and the pathways to get there.


As Insoo Kim Berg put it in her foreword for Fredrike Bannink’s highly successful 1001 Solution-Focused Questions: Handbook for Solution-Focused Interviewing, “SFBT is based on the respectful assumption that clients have the inner resources to construct highly individualized and uniquely effective solutions to their problems.”


From the more than 2,000 questions she has collected over the years, Bannink has selected the 101 most relevant for each subject. Much of the material in the 3-volume set is unique and did not appear in the earlier work, inviting therapists to open themselves to a new light on interviewing clients.
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How will I make sure I get the support of my family and friends? How long do I want to stay in the hospital? What am I most afraid of and how will I get help to reduce this fear? If so, should I talk to someone about this? How will I get other opinions on what should be done for my condition? Is my insurance covering all of my medical care in the hospital?

As psychotherapists specializing in treating the impact of traumatic events and chronic adversity, we are often asked a number of questions about trauma, PTSD, and psychotherapy. Have you have ever wondered why, for instance, some people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after traumatic events and others do not? Do you worry if the panic, pain, shame, or nightmares will go away on their own or how long it would take? If you will ever feel safe again? Have you wondered what psychotherapy for healing from traumatic events looks like? Then read on, we are here to help!

A project of. During my career, I have interviewed dozens of people whose lives have been shattered by trauma. Each time, I agonized over the effect my reporting had on their suffering. Did my journalistic mission justify probing into their private pain? Did I push too hard for details?

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What is a traumatic event?

We are in a state of extreme need and vulnerability usually , and the last thing on our minds is interviewing our own therapist. We want answers, and we want help, and we want it now!!! I understand; I have been there. That is why I am giving you a list you can bring with you to your first two or three sessions so that you can really make an informed decision about how well you and your therapist are a fit. You can ask these questions any time.

An event is considered traumatic if the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. The person's response must have also involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror American Psychiatric Association, Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological reaction, which can manifest itself after a traumatic event. Breslau et al. This figure is only indicative; the proportion varies greatly according to the type of event and the individual. In Canada, around women and men currently have post-traumatic stress disorder Stein et al.

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  1. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it.

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