Results from scientific research

Brief eclectic psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP) was originally developed in the eighties and nineties for treating policemen with PTSD. The efficacy of BEPP was shown in studies in which clients treated with BEPP were compared with clients on a waiting list.

In these so called randomised controlled trials the assignment of clients to the treatment or the waiting list was done by means of drawing lots. It was found that both police personnel as well as people from the general population that survived various types of traumatic events recovered very well after BEPP (Gersons and others, 2000Lindauer and others, 2005). People who were on the waiting list did not recover from their symptoms.

BEPP-treatment was also associated with biological changes (Lindauerand others, 20062008). An increase in heart rate at the hearing of one’s own traumatic narrative, decreased significantly after a successful BEPP therapy. The frontal brain ("thinking") was less inhibited after BEPP and it seemed to have more grip on the limbic system ("the emotions"). BEPP-treatment also had effects on stress hormones; upon successful treatment an increase in the level of the stress hormone cortisol was found (Olff and others, 2007), which is important for a proper regulation of the physical functioning in stress situations.