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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“Trauma is a disease of not being able to be present.” Bessel Vander Kolk

Trauma can take many forms:

Abuse at home, sexual assault, war experiences, accidents, disasters, medical trauma, loss.

The basic characteristic of trauma is some sort of threat to our physical, emotional or psychological welfare.

An experience becomes traumatic when our natural fight/flight defense mechanisms are prevented or aborted. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is when the body’s alarm systems are turned on from a traumatic incident and then never quite turn off. This creates hyper-vigilence, which is the state of always scanning the environment for danger.

In order to heal trauma, we have to be able to feel our body, and tolerate sensation. This needs to be done in very small increments, so that the system is not re-traumatized. For healing trauma, I use Somatic Experiencing, the work of Peter Levine, www.traumahealing.com. Somatic experiencing is a process that is led by your nervous system, and the sensations in your body. It gently discharges stuck memories, sensations and feelings, so that normal functioning can be returned. I combine this work with energy healing to clear the remnants of trauma in the subtle body.