The Expulsion of the Inner Devil—The Motivation of Therapists to Work with Persecuted and Traumatized People and their Children

  • Barbara Bräutigam
Keywords: secondary traumatization, traumatization of children, motivation, self-reflection, political persecution


This article reports the importance and central meaning of self-reflection when doing therapy with persecuted people and their children. The author reflects her own motivation in dealing with the subject. Statements of therapists interviewed for this study further illustrate this issue. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001243


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Author Biography

Barbara Bräutigam
Barbara BRÄUTIGAM, Dipl. psych, psychological psychotherapist, currently training to qualify as a family therapist, worked as a ward psychologist in a children's and juvenile psychiatric and psychotherapeutic hospital for two and a half years, thesis proposal in the field of education at the Free University of Berlin.