therapy for trauma
Trauma is the real, or perceived, threat to a person’s survival of the Self. Whether that be something you’ve witnessed or experienced, the effects it can have on your day-to-day life can be paralysing.
Dr. Stephen Joseph uses the metaphor of a suitcase, when working with trauma. That is, once you feel safe and held in our relationship, we’ll work to unpack the suitcase but only ever at your pace. It’s entirely up to you how and when we examine the contents of your suitcase - as “only the person close to the fire can tell you how hot it is”. Trauma & PTSD can have a whole body (somatic) response and having an awareness of this means we can explore how your body has literally stored the trauma and work to release that.
My ways of working with trauma are gentle, compassionate and empathic. We may use mindfulness techniques to ensure you have a secure base to return to in, and outside of, sessions or safe imagery and words. Mindfulness incorporates breathing techniques that allow the parasympathetic nervous system to kick-in and aid in relaxing the body. I might introduce anxiety techniques, in case you find you’re living through flashbacks and panic attacks, or creative materials.
In addition to my humanistic approach of working with you and how you experience your trauma, there are several books I tend to recommend to clients:
‘The Body Keeps the Score’ by Bessel Van Der Kolk.
‘Trauma is really strange’ by Steve Haines.
You may find the below video useful, as it offers a great demonstration on ways to ground yourself and this is something we can also discuss in session.
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