Complex PTSD and Therapies: What Works?

Jacek Yerka

This is my personal opinion, formed by observing complex PTSD people on the discussions boards and reading about therapies and cures.  The fast, quick cures happen with simple PTSD not with complex PTSD.

Childhood trauma holds so many more entanglements with our development as a child.  Layer upon layer of coping mechanisms entwine dissociated parts of our being.  This presents and prevents healing happening in an hour or a visit or a week or a month or not at all without enormous effort and work.

If you find yourself viewing this blog, you likely have complex PTSD or healing is more difficult for you.   It took me 6 months of sitting 3 hours a day to even budge my trauma.  It is curable or a symptom free state attained, however it does not happen easily or on its own.  Time does not heal childhood trauma.  Probably the opposite is true.

Therapies that work on complex PTSD are DBT and ACT or acceptance therapy.  Both are mindfulness based and evolved because the old models of cognitive therapy took too long and were not effective.

10 responses to this post.

  1. 1. There are many therapies and people who deal with PTSD who claim instaneous recoveries of miraculous proportion. This does happen with some simple PTSD cases. My path crossed all of these therapies and holistic therapies before Acceptance therapy and mindfulness entered my healing.
    I tried, EFT, EMDR, EDIT, Cranialsacral, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, CBT, intuituves and some forgotten before mindfulness. Some may have been beneficial in some way however my trauma did not move until I sat quietly and brought stillness and awareness to my inner self.
    You will heal you from the inside with discovery and awareness of your inner world.
    Look at the world and the epidemic wave of PTSD, combat PTSD and of course childhood trauma, we would all be cured if an hour or a session or two did the job. That is not the reality I have seen on the discussion boards. Most do not even try so healing does not even start. Thoughts

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  3. Posted by AM on October 18, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I have had a lot of different trauma therapy from “expert” psychologist. Two caused psychotic breaks. I have a therapist now that is very gentle and takes it step by step not rushing anything but dealing only with what is naturally coming up. this is taking a long time but I am having progress. I have another therapist that wants to do hypnosis with me with a horse present. She thinks this will cure my panic at working in a few sessions. My current therapist is thinking no. From where I stand, gentle and respectful goes a long way in healing childhood and adult trauma.

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  5. I was abused since I was 5 yrs old witnesses a murder taken to a mental hospital at 13 yrs of age innocent. All my abuse done by family members lots of violence I have lots of aches and pain the mental hospital was in 1968. I never ed gotten the right help. All this by family members and no help I don’t medical insurance no support from nobody

  6. I am sorry you had to experience all this trauma and suffering.

    It is difficult to be abused by family. You have been exposed to serious trauma before your mind was fully developed. Some parts are probably stuck in your childhood.

    It would be very helpful if you could get professional therapy.

    You could try to start a mindfulness practice and work on your focus.

    You can build your awareness and ability to let go of thought and judgment.

    This would have benefit for you.

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  8. Posted by Chloe on August 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jacek,

    I too have been suffering at the hands of C-PTSD, for most of my life I have blamed myself for being the way I am. So I wondered how you worked on yours to get to a better place? I am currently seeing an EFT Therapist but it’s taking a long time.
    I’d be really grateful and would love to hear from you.


  9. Hi Chloe, I am Marty. Thanks for the question.

    Blaming ourselves is part of what we do when we think and worry about past trauma.

    You have to take action to heal, focused action is better.

    You can get your life back

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