This video demonstrates the rationale for imaginal exposure, instruction and set-up for the first imaginal exposure, and implementation of imaginal exposure. The client is well engaged even though this is the first exposure and the therapist responses and prompts are accordingly minimal, though she maintains occasional supportive statements and calm, solicitous voice tone to maintain connection with the client. After a break, processing at the end of the clip focuses on validating the client’s efforts and normalizing distress reactions to the memory. The therapist also discusses using the imaginal recording for homework.
This video demonstrates the rationale for imaginal exposure as presented in session 3, followed by a portion of the client’s imaginal exposure of a combat related trauma. One iteration of the narrative is shown followed by a break in the dialogue after which, the video resumes at the end of imaginal exposure. Imaginal exposure is followed by emotional processing.