Questions to ask about trauma

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questions to ask about trauma

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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This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

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?

Most people are unaware of what it is exactly and reserve the diagnosis for those in the military coming back from war. So, instead of reaching out for help, they continue to unnecessarily suffer. Do you try to avoid people, places, conversations, objects, or activities that are associated with the trauma? If some of the above symptoms resonate, it is important to seek professional help. As much as we would love to believe these signs will disappear with time, the reality is the opposite.


How will I make sure I get the support of my family and friends? How long do I want to stay in the hospital?

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? Was I properly respectful and empathetic? Did anything positive come of it for them?

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. But the sooner, the better. Remember that your therapist is YOUR hire.

3 thoughts on “101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with Trauma by Fredrike Bannink

  1. Furthermore, behavioral health problems, including substance use and mental disorders, Ask all clients about any possible history of trauma; use a checklist to.

  2. If you've experienced trauma, here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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