SESSION 11: c-PTSD
Chronic PTSD - what it is and how to work with it using QEC.
c-PTSD (chronic PTSD) is a severe and chronic PTSD, arising usually from
childhood trauma. After years of lobbying by Bessel v d Kolk, to have it
included in the Psychiatric manual- the DSM 5, the American Psychiatric
Association decided there wasn't enough evidence to distinguish c-PTSD as
a separate condition from PTSD.
World experts on childhood trauma are teaching how vital it is to understand
the difference between c-PTSD and the “once event” PTSD that is milder and
less neurologically damaging.I am certainly seeing more clients whose
childhood history of chronic trauma, unhealed by other methods, is leaving
them trapped in c-PTSD.
The diagnostic criteria for c-PTSD include: Experiencing anxiety-producing
visual or emotional flashbacks, and vivid memories of trauma in response to
triggering events and going to extreme lengths to avoid environments or
situations that are believed likely to provoke flashbacks or unpleasant
I will share my work with one client in particular whose c-PTSD kept her in a
physical and emotional prison from a young age- and how she was able to
eventually escape to freedom through QEC.