TRAUMA/ PTSD SAMPLE TARGETS
SIMON-Simon is a combat veteran who spent nearly two years fighting in the Middle East. Since getting home he has been reunited with his family, secured a decent job, and is living a mostly normal life. Unfortunately he is also suffering general PTSD symptoms from his time in war. Sometimes he experiences an inner mental dialogue where he is replaying conversations or confrontations he had while deployed and other times he is remembering the specific details of terrible things he witnessed in combat. A loud noise can suddenly set off a great deal of fear in him.
TARGETS-For his Targets Simon chooses:
NEGATIVE BELIEFS-For Simon, his flashbacks often seem to be accompanied by a sense that he is broken or damaged. Examples are:
POSITIVE BELIEFS-Simon visualizes positive scenarios of how he would like his life to be instead:
SERENE-It has been more than two years since Serene experienced a horrible burglary of her home and subsequent rape. She has been seeing an in-person “talk therapist” and has been making progress. She has put her life back together and is even going back to school to get her master’s degree. While in most ways Serene has moved on from the horrible experience she suffered through, she still gets flashbacks of the night of her rape. When this happens she finds it harder to breathe, she feels fearful and gets a tightness in her chest.
TARGETS-For her session Targets Serene chooses:
NEGATIVE BELIEFS-Serene’s traumatic flashbacks are accompanied by Negative Beliefs, sadness, and anger:
POSITIVE BELIEFS-Examples of Positive Beliefs for Serene include:
SCOTT-Scott went through hell as a boy. Both of his parents were addicted. His father was physically cruel with him and beat him. Perhaps even worse, his mother was emotionally punishing to him constantly telling him he was no good. On top of it all Scott was being sexually abused by multiple adults before he was even age 10. Scott has been plagued his whole life by the things that happened to him and has never felt quite like he belonged anywhere.
TARGETS-For his Targets, Scott chooses:
NEGATIVE BELIEFS-Many abused children have a lifetime of negative inner dialogue that comes along with their abuse history. Scott’s Negative Beliefs about himself include:
POSITIVE BELIEFS-For his Positive Beliefs, Scott focuses on how he would like life to be instead: