Short-term treatment for traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, specifically designed for use in crisis regions where longer-term treatment is not possible. Therapy involves the joint creation of the patient’s personal history, involving specific memories related to trauma. The aim is for patients to explore their traumatic memories within the safety of therapy and to reduce the impact of those experiences on their everyday life.
Narrative exposure therapy is appropriate for use with both children and adults, with three to six sessions providing considerable relief. It can be delivered by either trained clinicians or lay practitioners.