Videoconferencing Psychotherapy in an App Environment for Trauma-Related Psychopathology

Annemiek van Dijke*, Jacques J.D.M. van Lankveld

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    The theoretical background of the life-span sequelae of exposure to interpersonal psychological trauma (emotional or physical neglect or abuse or sexual abuse) in childhood, particularly when a primary caretaker is involved, and its assessment and treatment possibilities in a 100% online environment are outlined. These sequelae may be understood as a complex variant of PTSD (CPTSD) or a complicated array of overlapping mental and personality disorders or as transdiagnostic symptoms. However, disorders of extreme stress not otherwise specified (DESNOS) constitute a distinct syndrome of potential clinical utility. In childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood (YA), these symptoms seem encompassed by developmental trauma disorder (DTD). Affect dysregulation, identity alterations, and relational impairment are central features of DESNOS/DTD/CPTSD and can also be understood as trans-diagnostic symptom clusters. More and more people use smartphone apps in daily life. Therefore we started our 100% online treatments in patients’ environments and at their convenience (need driven). Our digitally enriched outpatient clinics (DOCs) using smartphone apps for videoconferencing psychotherapy (VCP) and personal data monitoring aim to augment established evidence-based treatment protocols. Also, they facilitate continuously gathering real-time sensor- and self-reported data that improve ecological validity of selfreports and monitoring for course of treatment and relapse prevention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPsychological Trauma
    EditorsAna Starcevic
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2019


    • childhood trauma
    • PTSD
    • smartphone app
    • videoconferencing psychotherapy


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