Session script: Car accident

Possibilities Of Posttraumatic Intervention In The Case Of Accidents, Especially Car Accidents.

After a state of deep relaxation has been induced, the client is asked to imagine himself sitting in a car and driving along the road. The therapist then asks the client to describe the car, the landscape and other details in order for the client to get tuned in to the situation. After a certain amount of time the Therapist plays back the sound of a car driving, then there is a sudden sound of hooting and a loud squealing emergency stop (without collision impact). The sound can be played at full volume. The client then gives feedback concerning his perceptions.

If there has been a real-life experience of a car accident it must be stored in the subconscious mind, expressing itself in inner imagery. In case the client hadnít been hurled out of the car or pinned behind the wheel, the Therapist now asks him to get out of the car, to visit the scene of the accident and to describe it. Now a process of working creatively begins, in which the client has the opportunity to deal with the driver of the other car or with the damages that have been caused by himself. The client is able at this point to apologise to people, animals or trees that have been injured or killed. Intense emotional storms can be vented at this point.

The client is being asked to go deeply inside to find out why this accident has happened, what he had in mind when it occurred. This can lead on to further events that could be the cause of the accident on an unconscious level and which have to be dealt with synergetically.

In case the client didnít experience a real-life accident, it is possible to extract a great deal of information from the accident fantasy as it has been created instantly by the subconscious mind, e.g.: "Who is driving the other car?", "How old is that person?", "What message does he have for the client?", extent of wreckage of the car, reactions from the environment etc. The Therapist can also ask the client to look and see whoís sitting on the backseat and to talk to that person.

After all of this having been clarified, maybe also after giving a certain colour to the client through which he can incorporate a certain quality he had been lacking, the Therapist asks the client to visualise the initial situation and then plays back again the driving sound with the squealing of the tyres. To the extent that the imagery has changed now, it is possible to discern the way in which the new inner reality of the client is representing the accident and what changes have occurred.

The client can add corrections and repeat the accident as often as needed. Itís very important for the sound of the tyres not to contain any collision impact sound, which only would fixate the old neuronal order even more. The goal of this format consists in the client no longer creating an automobile accident even if a very loud sound of squealing tyres is being produced. Thereby you can make sure that there has been a re-structuring of old information and effects on a neuronal level.

Automobile Accident

Third door, inscription: āAccidentĎ

Therapist: Are you ready to open that door?

Client: Yes. (Sound of a door opening)

Therapist: Where are you, what do you see?

Client: My relationship seemed to be finished. Early in the morning I visited a friend, told him everything, drank quite a lot, drove home after the conversation. It was foggy, very cold. There was black ice; I lost control over my car, which turned over several times. I hadnít fastened my seat belt. I was scared to death. The car was quite deformed. I had no explanation as to why I escaped with my life. Since then I fear the onset of winter. I drive non-aggressively, carefully.

Therapist: Let the fear appear as a figure or whatever and tell it directly: Since then you haunt me.

Client: Since the accident you haunt me, fear.

Therapist: Okay, whatís its answer? Listen to it.

Client: It wanted to warn me because I drove too fast and had drunk too much alcohol.

Therapist: Then the fear is a kind of friend. How is it for you to see it in this way now, what would you like to say to it? Talk to it directly.

Client: You have been with me for 13 years now, since then I had had no car accident.

Therapist: Feel what it tells you.

Client: It is happy that I didnít have any more car accidents.

Therapist: How do you feel about that?

Client: Satisfied.

Therapist: Tell it.

Client: Fear, I am happy that you took care of me.

Therapist: It took care of you so that you didnít have any more car accidents for 13 years. Thus it is a good friend who takes care of you, for you to remember. Express your thanks.

Client: Thank you fear, for having taken care of me for 13 years.

Therapist: Do you feel it to be your enemy now or rather a friend? Tell it.

Client: I donít feel you to be an enemy any more, but rather a friend.

Therapist: Okay, now Iím going to play back the sounds of a car accident from a CD and you look what happens, what pictures arise. --Ė You are sitting in your car and, looking through your own eyes, what do you see?

[Sound of car driving, hooting, squealing of tyres.]

Therapist: What do you see? Tell me whatís there.

Client: Driving too fast ... Motorway ... itís raining. Iím wondering about the recklessness of the other drivers and try to drive non-aggressively.

[Sounds of car driving, hooting, squealing of tyres]

Therapist: Look at what pictures are coming up.

Client: (Very slowly) An accident ...

Therapist: Whatís your role in this event?

Client: Iím involved.

Therapist: Okay, get out your car, look at the scene, tell me where your car is, in what shape you are, if you are injured etc.

Client: I turned over several times. I feel a pain in my neck.

Therapist: Talk to the pain -Ė Pain, I feel you in my neck. Talk to it directly.

Client: Pain, I feel you in my neck.

Therapist: Okay, is it still there?

Client: (Hesitantly) Over a distance of 200m everything is totally devastated Ė some posts are broken or bent, I dragged along with me a road sign and bent a few others. A sight of devastation.

Therapist: How do you feel seeing this?

Client: Iím getting out of the car, look at it, feel like being out of my mind. I canít grasp the situation. Because of the alcohol and the stimulating music I had felt safe.

Therapist: Is there any tension in your body?

Client: Yes, in my arms and legs and in my neck.

Therapist: Okay, ask your legs and arms what colour they would need in order for the tension to dissolve. Look at what colour appears.

Client: Blue.

Therapist: Blue, okay. Do the following: Imagine your body being filled with this blue colour coming from the universe or the cosmos down into your crown chakra. Where does the colour mainly go?

Client: Into my arms and legs.

Therapist: Let the colour flow as long as it wants to.

Client: A feeling arises, a feeling of healing.

Therapist: Great. When it stops flowing by itself, tell me.

Client: Yes.

Therapist: Now let there be the same colour flowing into that young man there who has caused this accident to happen and who is standing there so stunned. Let the colour flow through yourself again and Ė as you are filled by it now Ė let it flow towards this other person, till it stops flowing by itself.

Client: Yes.

Therapist: Did the young man change?

Client: He looks more confident.

Therapist: He looks more confident? Good. Go back into him now, be him again, and we play the same scene once more. You take seat in your car ... okay, be seated behind the wheel. Just stay alert and aware and look what happens ... Iím going to produce the same sounds again in order to test: What is your subconscious mind going to produce now, hearing the same sound effects as before? I want to access your inner energetic truth, the pictures and feelings you are getting now.

[Sounds of car driving, hooting, squealing of tyres]

Therapist: What do you experience?

Client: Iím more confident driving.

Therapist: Get out of your car once more and tell me what you see. What do you see, how do you feel?

Client: Iím more matter-of Ėfact about the accident, less fearful.

Therapist: Okay, what are the images like? What state is your car in?

Client: The hood is dented, the lamps are bust, the wings are dented, the right door is bashed in.

Therapist: Take a look at the landscape. What does it look like, compared to previously? Has anything changed?

Client: No

Therapist: Okay. Iíd prefer you changed these pictures of devastation as well, for pictures of that kind keep having effects, unfavourable effects. What comes to mind to change those pictures of devastation? You can put everything back in place or you can apologise, anything, to change the pictures. Is there anything that comes to mind?

Client: I apologise to the owner.

Therapist: You also can apologise to the things or give them some colour to have them regenerate. Which colour would you prefer?

Client: Red.

Therapist: First let the red colour flow into your own body Ė feel where most of the colour flows. Let it flow till it stops by itself and then let it flow into the picture.

Client: Done

Therapist: Check if the scene looks different now.

Client: Yes, they reshape, they renew themselves.

Therapist: Tell me when everything is okay.

Client: Now.

Therapist: Okay, letís do it again, one more time.

[Sounds of car driving, hooting, squealing of tyres]

Therapist: Describe your experience. What do you see, how do you feel?

Client: The car stopped at the road signs and posts.

Therapist: Excellent. Anything happened with the car? Go out, take a look.

Client: No, everythingís okay.

Therapist: How are you?

Client: Fine.

Therapist: Okay, that scene of devastation is gone, you are free, can you feel it?

Client: Yes, I feel better now.

Therapist: Even if you had a rational understanding of the images, they would still effect you as long as they are the imprint of a shock experience. As you see, it can be corrected, the pictures are gone. Even if I present the same sounds.

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