What is Trauma and PTSD?
Trauma is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience that negatively affects a person’s coping capability. Traumatic events vary, but some common ones include violence, abuse, accidents, natural disasters, and witnessing one experience trauma. When one witnesses or experiences trauma, they can develop PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The likelihood of them developing such disorder increases if they have a genetic predisposition, have been previously exposed to traumatic events, lack social support, or have brain chemistry imbalances.
manifests itself in multiple ways, like nightmares, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks of the event, adverse changes in moods/thinking patterns, hyperarousal, avoidance of the situation, and heightened vigilance. People experience and exhibit different PTSD symptoms even if they have experienced the same traumatic event.
Treatment of PTSD is usually a combination of medication and therapy. Examples of therapy that a mental health practitioner may use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Both are meant to help clients manage their symptoms, process their traumatic experiences, and develop effective coping strategies.
How to use the Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet:
Step One. Access and Download the Template
Access and download the printable and digital version of the “Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet” template by:
- Clicking the “Download Template” or “Use Template” button or
- Searching for “Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet” on Carepatron’s template library’s search bar on the app or website.
Step Two. Do the Exercise
Once the client has the worksheet, they can follow the step-by-step guide to cooking and eating slowly.
Step Three. Fill the Template
After the Slow Cooking and Slow Eating exercise, the client must reflect on their experience and answer the questions provided on the worksheet. You must remind the client that they should answer it immediately after eating and assure them that they may answer it however they wish as long as it’s understandable.
Step Four. Discuss
You may discuss the client’s answers so that you have an idea of the effectiveness of the exercise or give tips on how to help with their concern about over or undereating.
The worksheet must be stored at a secure physical location or on Carepatron, a HIPAA-compliant EHR that securely keeps electronic patient records because it contains sensitive information on a client.
Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet Example
Here’s a sample of a completed PDF file of the “Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet.” You can use it as a guide, visual aid, or educational resource. Do note that the provided answers are fictional.
When would you use this Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet?
Clinical social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, or any licensed and experienced mental health professional can use the “Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet” when their client has any eating-related symptoms or concerns or needs to know how their trauma affects their eating habits. Healthcare professionals may also use the template if their client wants a healthier relationship with food.
As for what specific point in their recovery journey you should give them the worksheet, we’ll leave it up to you and your expertise. After all, you know the client best and can determine if and when the worksheet will be effective.
What are the benefits of using this Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet?
The exercise of slow cooking and eating will require the client to take it slow and notice their food and themselves as they eat. Through this exercise, they will hone their self-awareness skills to complete the exercise effectively.
Positive Habit Forming
Aside from improved self-awareness, the client will learn to form positive habits such as managing eating-related symptoms through slow cooking, slow eating, and writing down that experience until it comes naturally.
You may use the worksheet multiple times to get insight into the client’s condition and track their progress as they form a healthier relationship with food.
Even if our free “Slow Cooking and Slow Eating PTSD Exercise and Worksheet” is a printable file, it’s best used as a digital file that you and your client can access, customize, and complete on a PDF editor or Carepatron on any gadget you have access to. This will make it easier for your client to open the file and answer it as soon as they finish eating to write their experience immediately.
Why use Carepatron as your Cognitive Behavioral Therapy app?
Carepatron is one of the leading practice management software for psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals who incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in their treatment.
Carepaton eliminates the need for mentioned practitioners and other general healthcare professionals to download multiple, separate kinds of software for patient scheduling, using telehealth platforms, a medical billing system, and more. Instead, Carepatron houses and offers all the features and tools you need to automate tasks and streamline processes like creating/storing medical documents, invoices, and notes,conducting telehealth consultations, controlling and managing one’s schedule, offering and handling online payments, and more!
So, the next time you search for a therapy practice management software to assist you in conducting CBT therapy sessions and be more productive and efficient. Sign up and try out Carepatron for free today!