Detrauma is a self-help tool for trauma survivors suffering from PTSD symptoms. The app is designed to rewrite your trauma so that your brain recognizes it as an experience in the past. The goal is to reduce your symptoms so that you can lead a normal life again.
Isolated? Help Yourself
Detrauma works even if you are completely isolated – whether that is physically by living in a remote or rural place, or emotionally by having lost the connection with people you trust.
Written Exposure Therapy
To rewrite your memory you go through five detailed writing sessions. Each is 30 minutes and asks you to break down the trauma into its components. Exposing yourself to it slowly, step by step gives your brain a second chance to process the trauma correctly. This is called written exposure therapy, a method developed and proven to be effective by researchers at Boston University.
We have digitized the process and let the software instead of a human guide you through. This comes with several benefits:
No need to speak to anyone about it. Detrauma is an automated software tool. No human sees or assesses your data. All writing happens offline outside the app.
Detrauma works exactly the same way every time. It sticks to the exact script developed by the researchers who proved the effectiveness of written exposure therapy.
You decide the pace and don’t have to wait for a therapist. You can even complete the five sessions in five days. There is evidence that more intense experiences are more effective.
Detrauma tracks symptoms by going through a questionnaire typically used in common talk therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It also measures distress levels and gives instructions and feedback specific to each session to make the experience more effective.
NOTE: Detrauma is a self-help tool. It does not provide medical advice and is not treatment from a licensed therapist.
For Trauma Survivors
Detrauma can be used by anyone struggling with mental health problems. It is designed with the following groups in mind:
- People with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence
- Survivors of racial and ethnic trauma
- War veterans and conflict survivors
- Birth trauma (postpartum) survivors
- Survivors of car accidents and motorbike accidents
- Prisoners and former prisoners
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- People experiencing traumatic loss and grief
- Aid workers and peacekeepers
- Survivors of physical violence, kidnapping, abuse and violent crime
- Survivors of medical trauma