Therapy often needs to go deep, to clean out the underlying root, especially when any kind of trauma is involved, whether it seems like a “big” trauma or “little”. If an event was traumatic to you, it needs healing. There is no such thing as a “little trauma”. As painful as this may sound, I have been trained in some techniques that are surprisingly gentle and supportive, and allow the client to work with the therapist in healing the subconscious issue that is hurting them.
There seems to be a split in the mental health field between types of therapy which emphasize only cognitive solutions and those which emphasize emotional or body-oriented healing. Both are important. That is why I have been trained in techniques that take the whole person into consideration, their spirit, soul (mind and emotions), and their body. Healing takes much more than just having insight into a problem, or knowing why it occurred. It also takes more than simply talking about the problem and changing how you think about it. Because we are a mind-body-spirit unit, healing requires a thorough exploration into the depths of the wounds which fuel extreme beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, from each angle. The body is the subconscious, which is something that trauma therapists have known for some time. Symptoms such as depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, over-reactivity, and stress may be caused by old wounds. Left unaddressed these symptoms show up as a decreased ability to function in life.
Sometimes, in an effort to survive, we have spent years avoiding the painful wounds and burdens which lurk beneath. The subconscious is fear based, so this is a common pattern. However, if we avoid our fears, they often get worse. The trauma techniques that I use are gentle, and slowly help the brain and body to process out and complete whatever “work” needs to be done in order to integrate the traumatic event(s) into the rest of your beliefs and experiences, so that it no longer produces symptoms characteristic of “fight and flight”. Some of the techniques are more gentle than others, but the mind/body/spirit techniques, when done skillfully, do not disturb your current functioning to any significant degree (although this cannot be guaranteed). However, avoidance of treatment can severely disturb functioning and result in symptoms that seem unrelated to the original trauma, such as phobias, panic attacks, depression, extreme reactivity, sleep problems, avoidance, relationship issues, inability to work, physical symptoms, and many more.
Please see www.EMDR.comfor resources and explanations.
Please refer toThe Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, and The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency by Dr. Robert Scaer for an excellent, in-depth discussion of trauma and trauma-related diseases. . Also“Taming the Tiger”, by PeterLevine.