Alternatively, I think you must focus on how to be, to feel safe in the world, cbfull. Feeling triggered for a week is awful! Were you triggered in therapy? If I was your therapist, and this is standard procedure for treating complex PTSD not my idea, I'd first focus on how to calm yourself after a triggering event. That will give you a sense that you can approach the traumatic memories in a more manageable way. You sound like you're not quite sure what calm feels like. I didn't either for about a year in T. Once I had a few regular periods of feeling calm each week, I knew what feeling anxious was. It was all the rest of the time!
Actually, this is something your T should know about. Talk about it with your T. First build a sense of safety and trust, then FROM THAT BASE, work with traumatic memories. Is that what you're doing?
To quote an excellant book, Trauma & Recovery, Judith Herman:
This stage is further subdivided into a series of tasks that must be accomplished in order for the client to feel safe in therapy. First, the therapist and client must name the problem. This involves not so much making a formal diagnosis as acknowledging the trauma and its past and present effects, both mental and physical. Next, one must restore a sense of control to the client. This begins with control of the body: controlling physical symptoms by balancing diet, exercise, and sleep and by getting the client appropriate medical care, including medication where it is indicated. Finally, control moves outward to establishing a safe environment: setting up support networks of caring people, helping the client to protect him/herself from any physical danger they may face (particularly from an abuser), and developing a plan for dealing with for future protection, one that takes into account any self-destructive behaviors the client engages in. This includes such things as setting up no-harm contracts (or procedures in case of harm), establishing sobriety, etc.
Herman cautions that there's not easy way to tell when this (or any) stage of recovery is complete. The first stage in particular is demanding; therapists and clients must be careful not to push on until safety is well established. Herman states that when the client has regained some trust in herself and her environment, when the therapeutic alliance is good, and when the most disturbing symptoms are controlled and the client knows which people can be relied on in times of crisis, it is reasonably safe to proceed.
Make any sense?