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Handling trauma experiences

Posted May 8, 2019 by tcfadmin

Depending on the type of trauma a person has experienced,
the following may be excellent resources for working through the effects of
trauma:

Acupuncture

Art & Art Therapy

Body/Energy work

Ego State and/or Parts and Memory work

EMDR

Martial Arts (Qi Gong, Tai Chi, etc.)

Massage

Psychodrama

Yoga (Slow and meditative styles)

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A word for you

Posted May 8, 2019 by tcfadmin

Closeness, connection and intimacy has very little to do
with words or understanding someone and has a lot to do with the energetic,
emotional, mirroring and reciprocating responses that communicate synchrony,
acceptance and validation.  Flat and/or
stone-cold facial expressions, verbal threats and violent reactions can easily
become the seeds for trauma.

Trauma literally changes the brains structure and function
and therefore changes the perception and experience of reality.

Some core components of trauma include:

  • A person’s feeling that the can’t do something
    or go somewhere.  They essentially feel
    stuck.  They don’t want to connect with
    people or get close to people and would rather stay in.
  • Things that should or normally would be scary or
    dangerous become compelling.
  • Things that should or normally would be
    considered healthy lose their attraction.
  • Things that should or normally would be
    considered painful become pleasurable and things that would/should be
    pleasurable become painful.

Because trauma is an experience, effective trauma treatment
requires less talking about the traumatic experiences or memories and
encourages more experiential methods to help the body and brain release what
seems or feels to be stuck.

The body records and stores everything we experience.  Pain from trauma can and often does manifest
itself in physical ways including but not limited to headaches, migraines,
stomach aches, sore throats, muscle tension, joint pain, etc.  Our muscles have web-like tissues in them call
facia that has been shown to become very tight and rigid from trauma and it is
these tissues that massage therapists work on to help people release the stored
or stuck energy associated with trauma.

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Resilience

Posted May 8, 2019 by tcfadmin

  • Resilience is the desired outcome of trauma focused therapy.  We all naturally believe we are resilient and can handle anything.  Most of the time we can logic or think through our circumstances and push aside emotions and beliefs in order to accomplish goals, survive and get by.  Sometimes however, our experiences seem to have more power than we would like to admit and there seems to be a disconnect between what we logically know and what we actually feel.  Trauma treatment bridges the gap between logic and the felt sense and helps individuals and families feel grounded.

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