What is Abreaction therapy?

What is Abreaction therapy?

Abreaction therapy is a type of psychotherapy that aims to release and resolve repressed emotions or traumatic memories that may be causing psychological distress or dysfunction. The term “abreaction” comes from the Latin words “ab” (away from) and “reagere” (to react), and it refers to the process of bringing suppressed emotions and memories to the surface and allowing them to be expressed and processed.

During abreaction therapy, the therapist helps the patient recall and re-experience past traumatic events or emotions that have been suppressed or forgotten. The patient is encouraged to express their feelings and emotions related to the traumatic event, and the therapist provides support and guidance throughout the process. The goal of the therapy is to help the patient integrate the suppressed emotions and memories into their consciousness, allowing them to move beyond the traumatic experience and reduce psychological distress.

Abreaction therapy is typically used to treat conditions such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other trauma-related conditions. It is a form of psychotherapy that should only be conducted by a trained and licensed therapist with experience in this type of therapy.

Shervan K Shahhian

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