Category Archives: Somatic Therapy And Trauma

Childhood Trauma And Somatic Psychology

 

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We have seen how significant and protracted trauma in childhood can adversely affect the body’s physiology leading to constant feelings of hypervigilance in adulthood due to a dysregulated autonomic nervous system and how therapy involving Read the rest

Complex PTSD, Muscle Armouring And Physical Pain.


One of the hallmarks of complex PTSD is a perpetual feeling of being under threat, stemming from constantly feeling afraid and vulnerable during childhood. This is true even though the threatening circumstances of our childhood have long since past and, … Read the rest

Being Traumatized ‘Like Having Foot On Brake And Gas At Same Time.’

The traumatized state has been likened to the effects of the simultaneous depression of both a car’s gas pedal (accelerator) and brake. I explain why below :

Our physiological state of arousal is determined by the interplay between our sympathetic Read the rest

‘Top-Down’ And ‘Bottom-Up’ Ways Of Treating Childhood Trauma.

 

WHAT ARE ‘TOP-DOWN’ THERAPIES?

A ‘top-down’ therapy is one that aims to create a positive change in the individual’s behavioural, emotional and somatic symptoms in a ‘top-down’ direction (i.e. by beneficially ALTERING THE INDIVIDUAL’S THOUGHT PROCESSES). Techniques for doing Read the rest

Neurofeedback And Reducing Activity In Brain’s Fear Circuitry.

According to Mobbs, the brain consists of two areas involved in how we experience fear as shown below :

It is becoming increasingly recognized that overactivity in the brain’s fear circuitry may be of fundamental relevance to not only complex-PTSD Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Can Cause Hypervigilance And Treatments


A person who is hypervigilant feels constantly ‘on edge’, ‘keyed up’ and fearful. S/he experiences a perpetual sense of dread and of being under threat despite the fact, objectively speaking, there is no present danger. Indeed, the person affected in … Read the rest

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga For Reducing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD

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Studies into the effectiveness of yoga already suggest that it can help to ameliorate both physical and psychological problems including diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.

There also now exists evidence (e.g. van Read the rest

Trauma Release Exercises For Effects Of Childhood Trauma

The human stress/fear response evolved millions of years ago in our ancestors to allow them to survive – it is commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. If we saw a tiger, it was necessary to feel fear as Read the rest

Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

Dr Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy¬†is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system works.

In essence, Read the rest

Childhood Trauma and Depression – Somatic Symptoms

We know that the experience of significant childhood trauma makes a person more vulnerable to suffering from clinical depression in later life. Whilst depression usually gives rise to both psychological and somatic (i.e. bodily) symptoms, in this article I intend Read the rest

Childhood Trauma: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 

 

Individuals who have suffered severe childhood trauma may, as a result of it, later suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or similar condition. Some professionals advocate a relatively new technique which aims to address this; it is known Read the rest