Trauma is a natural, normal part of life. It is not a mistake or an aberration. It is actually an opportunity for growth and transformation.
Trauma experiences are held in the central nervous system and not the specific traumatic events. They become a somatic memory. We all experience some forms of trauma throughout our lives. Our nervous systems are built to deal with most traumas. The problems are not necessarily the traumas themselves, but the body’s inability to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal that is attached to the traumatic event. This can happen when our natural “survival mechanisms” such as our “fight or flight” responses get thwarted or overridden, sometimes by our more rational brain.
Here is one example. If a client was being physically abused and was not able to fight or flee from their abuser, then their nervous systems took the next best option. That option would be to freeze or dissociate so as not to fully experience the abuse. This is a natural last alternative in our primitive survival mechanisms. Sometimes, we get locked into the freeze or dissociative response. This shutting down inhibits the body from its natural survival behaviors to run or fight back. If this is done over and over again, such as with a child who has no choice, then all this supercharged arousal energy gets trapped in the body and brain. Eventually, this can be the later manifestation of emotional, mental, or physical symptoms. In the process called “retraumatization,” similar threats or subsequent traumatic experiences can compound a person’s symptoms and make them even more entrenched and painful.
I practice body-centered therapies that are designed explicitly to deal with trauma and overwhelming stress in a very unique, safe, and transformational way. I am able to utilize and combine any or all of these therapies. My expertise is based on becoming finely attuned to you, my client. This attunement ensures rapport and safety, allowing you to experience optimal healing and transformation.