The Recovering From A Nightmare exercise is an audio track from the Psychology Tools For Overcoming PTSD Audio Collection. Part of what makes nightmares so distressing is their disorienting nature: many people experience prolonged distress because they struggle to reorient themselves to the present moment, and to safety. The Recovering From A Nightmare exercise gives straightforward information, advice, and strategies on how to quickly reorient oneself after a nightmare.
This audio track is designed for people suffering from nightmares, whether in the context of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or not. The audio track is a simple .mp3 file which can be played in most media player apps. You can also download the verbatim script, allowing you to record the exercise for your clients in your own voice to reinforce work completed in therapy.
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- Fisher, J. (1999). The work of stabilization in trauma treatment. Trauma Center Lecture Series, Boston, Massachusetts.