Zerka Moreno Memorial Slideshow

What is the Therapeutic Spiral Model to treat PTSD?

By Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP

The Therapeutic Spiral Model – or TSM as most of its practitioners call it today – is an innovative and inspirational method to use psychodrama safely for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other problems of living. 

The Therapeutic Spiral Model is also a method of enhancing post-traumatic growth in every person who experiences its power.

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After post-trauma treatment, there is healthy human growth

By Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP

If you are reading this, you may be a psychotherapist who values experiential techniques and methods – the Gestalt therapy’s “hot seat,” the basic role play techniques of psychodrama and the theories of EMDR or Somatic Experiencing – and have a strong repertoire of other clinical tools.

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Healing happens when we fortify the internal roles of trauma survivors

By Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP

Let me introduce you to the Therapeutic Spiral Model’s clinical map of the internal roles that help you understand the journey you go on when experiencing yourself in new and creative ways.  

In classical psychodrama, the seminal action method of change, the curative agent is the building up of spontaneity and creativity.  In today’s psychological terms, we would call this resilience. 

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TSM offers up-to-date psychodrama for survivors of trauma

By Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TE

Therapeutic Spiral Model Psychodrama is the most up-to-date method of experiential change for people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The post-trauma response may be rooted in individual personal trauma, or collective trauma, or both. However, the treatment is the same when we use the Therapeutic Spiral Model, or TSM, as we like to call it.

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