"What might tell me I have unresolved trauma and how does trauma therapy address it?"
Trauma is a fact of life. It does not however have to be a life sentence." ~ Peter Levine, PhD. Founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Many people who access this service come because they:
are still affected by past traumatic experiences, as if 'the past were still here';
feel they over-react to situations or are numb to life;
are struggling with chronic pain or illness;
feel stuck or blocked in life or self.
These can be indicators that our body is holding onto traumatic distress.
"Who do you provide trauma therapy to?" I provide trauma therapy to adults and to children. Where traumatic responses are impacting a couple then trauma therapy can be included as part of the couples counselling.
"What kind of trauma therapy do you provide?" I work mostly with Somatic Experiencing (SE) trauma therapy. SE helps us to recognise and make sense of how and why our bodies (our autonomic nervous system) may be stuck in traumatic response: fight, flight and/or freeze. Through working directly with the body sensations and impulses (as well as making meaning and feeling our emotions) we support the nervous system to come back into a place of well-being, where we can feel more alive, joyful, engaged with the world around us. In the video above Peter Levine outlines some of the basics of traumatic response, how SE addresses it, and talks you through a short exercise you can do at home.
I also work with Integral Somatic Psychology, a model created by Raja Selvam that draws together many models and traditions to support the embodiment of emotions. You can read more about this here: integralsomaticpsychology.com/isp-blog/
In the PDF below, you can also read more about the how this effects of trauma are explored within sessions:
SE Bodywork SE can also be provided through bodywork. In SE bodywork, the client remains fully clothed. It is provided standing, seated or lying down on a massage table. The practitioner places their hands on agreed to areas of the body (usually, joints, head, torso) and the client and practitioner notice what is happening in the body. This can deepen the experience and add another element to the exploration. It can also bring in helpful support to you and your body as you move through the emotions and experiences that are being worked with. This is always discussed together, how and when it might help, what it involves and you decide if you want to try it.
"What other frameworks do you use?" If you would like to learn more about the other models I draw on in this work, please check out the Frameworks page.