NEST is an acronym of the New Experience for the Survivors of Trauma
NEST therapeutic program is addressed to people suffering aftermath of various traumas (e.g. sexual, verbal, and physical abuse; emotional, intellectual, and physical neglect; pregnancy losses such as abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and others) as well as potentially overburdening borderline situations (e.g. epidemics, war, emigration, exclusion, unemployment, job change, moving, divorce, childbirth, adoption, illness, senility, etc.).
Moreover NEST therapy can be useful in mentalizing various kinds of challenges or life crises, e.g. concerning relations with parents, spouses, partners, children or any other significant people.
Participant of the NEST therapy has an opportunity of broadening his/her thinking, feeling, and acting in regard to:
- understanding past experiences and how they may affect presently experienced difficulties;
- overcoming intra- and interpersonal conflicts resulting from past traumatic experiences;
- learning new adoptive skills such as assertiveness or flight when necessary;
- identifying, expressing, and dealing with wide spectrum of emotions, e.g. pain, fear, confusion, abandonment, shame, guilt, anxiety, or anger;
- existential dilemmas such as void, fulfillment, creativity, meaning, loneliness, or death;
- natural psychological processes such as mourning or forgiveness;
- significant personal losses such as pregnancy loss;
- learning how to take responsibility for one’s own decisions and negotiations;
- identifying and rejecting false faces and mourning the loss of a person one could have become had he/she not experienced a trauma;
- encountering an authentic self through learning realistic perception of one’s own possibilities and limitations;
- encouraging creating authentic relations with others.