A Psychodynamic Conceptualization of Retraumatization
The ¢eld of psychological trauma has a long history and is evolving still. This chapter will examine psychological trauma and retraumatization from a psychoanalytic perspective. This, in itself, may challenge some readers. It is not popular to speak in psychoanalytic terms, yet modern concepts and treatments of psychological trauma are inextricably linked with the history of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Further, psychodynamic perspectives and practices continue to provide effective, evidence-based treatment (Shedler, 2010). This review may prove helpful to readers regardless of their theoretical or clinical orientation.