What is Narrative exposure therapy?

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed to help individuals who have experienced trauma, particularly those who have been exposed to war, violence, and torture. NET is a brief and structured therapy that involves telling the story of the traumatic event(s) in a safe and supportive environment.

The therapy aims to help the individual process and integrate the traumatic experience into their life story, with the goal of reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and improving overall psychological well-being. The therapy typically involves six to twelve sessions and involves the individual narrating their traumatic experiences, with the therapist providing support and guidance throughout the process.

NET also involves helping the individual create a timeline of their life events, including the traumatic event(s), in order to provide context and structure to the narrative. The therapy may also involve cognitive restructuring techniques, such as identifying and challenging negative beliefs about oneself or the world.

Research has shown that NET can be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. However, like all therapies, its effectiveness can vary depending on the individual and their specific circumstances. It is important to work with a qualified therapist who is trained in NET or other evidence-based therapies for trauma.

Shervan K Shahhian

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