In practice for 20+ years, I've been supporting those with trauma using body-oriented healing techniques, and supporting clinicians in this.
Counselor in Denver, CO
We need, as humans, to connect; our survival craves this at the level of food, water, and shelter. Yet we live in a world where people are profoundly lonely, separated from each other, unable to make more than unsatisfying superficial contact. My attachment-oriented work is based on Fosha's brilliant model, and I'm a member of the Denver Chapter and have presented to the group on somatic work.
EMDR, when done effectively, can be a profound remedy for shock trauma often resulting in PTSD. Preparedness for this includes the development of a contemplative practice, in order to allow the mind to truly roam the matrix of meaning, and the embodiment of the client. My skill in both these areas, honed in supervision groups and advanced trainings, including those with Dr. Shapiro, allow my clients to experience considerable benefit.
Trauma is more that what we think, it is stored in the very tissues of our bodies. My use of Somatic Experiencing and CranioSacral therapy assist your body in finally unthwarting the stress that, in many cases, has been stuck there for years.
Think of anxiety not necessarily as an emotion in itself, but the fight-flight-freeze that results when our emotions have become overwhelming, or when we have been encouraged to suppress them instead of learning to channel them in health-positive ways. My work addresses the biology of stress, supporting the body's ability to return to the rest-digest (parasympathetic) state which allows for better sleep, less emotional reactivity, and a healthier digestion.
There's PTSD, the result of a single, overwhelming incident that leaves us disengaged from others, replaying the terrifying incident over and over, unable to find ease. Then there's Complex PTSD, the result of years of abuse and neglect children suffer, when they instead needed to learn the developmental tasks of trust and relating to others, of developing competence and cultivating lifelong curiosity. My attachment-focused work helps clients step into themselves, and then the world.
Being embodied allows us to experience all of our emotions, and tap into our holistic intelligence, in a way that brings out the best in us. Yet, many who grew up in abusive and neglectful homes learned the only way to protect themselves was to leave this crucial, vital awareness behind. We also live in a society that encourages intellectualization, robbing us of our heart-felt humanity. I work somatically to address this, getting clients out of the "talking chair" and engaging their whole self.