Watching the events of D-Day over the past two days have shown many first hand accounts of survivors speaking about carnage and the horrors they saw, many managing lives successfully through moving on and not speaking of their experience. Many veterans said they had not spoken of what they experienced and that the anniversary had allowed them to speak out. Many visibly upset as though the event was experienced recently. Trauma does that; the event resurfaces ‘as if’ it were happening now causing an emotional response which is unbidden and overwhelming.
Many also commented on their hope that we will remember and learn from those who are no longer here; one particularly commenting on the reason for remembering being to understand more. Decades on and we have learnt much more about trauma through war, but ways to deal with it have not kept pace with modern developments.
There are ways to help people move on from trauma which are little used, why is this? Many veterans I have worked with began by expressing frustration at not being able to find therapy which made a difference. We know that the use of the rewind technique works yet the training to use this is still in a minority when it comes to training. As therapists we can remember the lost lives, and the struggles of those still dealing with trauma from todays military experience by using this effective trauma training. Do consider joining us this time around (June 15th and 29th).