Many of my clients come in initially wanting some specific “thing” that will fix their problems: they want to simply do X action and get Y result.
I imagine my clients are not unique in this. We live in a world of fad solutions to our problems, where with every moment something new and shiny vows to change our lives for the better. “Just do this one thing,” it promises. Until the next thing comes along.
The main questions for behavior analysis are which factors, in a given historical situation, influence what someone does, and how these factors can be changed in order to affect behavior. The relationship between a specific act and the context in which it occurs is the point of interest.
Clinicians often integrate multiple therapeutic models to enhance their capacity to assist their clients. However, integration can be problematic without a disciplined, evidence-based approach to decision making.
Mixing models also raises the concern of losing treatment efficacy by deviating from validated protocols, something weakly supported by evidence, but still worth considering (see Koerner, 2018 for important insights about this concept).
Through trauma and loss, people can lose their sense of meaning, lose their feeling of identity or place in the world, and develop ongoing depressive, anxiety, and relational problems.
Mindfulness is the first crucial step in being able to step back from your reactions and do something healthy when trauma issues get stirred up. It’s one step in moving away from trauma and back into your life, and it’s relevant to everyone, whether or not they are survivors of some particular trauma.