Experiencing a traumatic event can be overwhelming and can result in changes to how you think, feel and even choices you make. You may find yourself “on edge,” unable to relax or you may find it difficult to engage in life in the same way. Some responses to trauma can leave one feeling alone and vulnerable. This does not need to be a life sentence. It is possible to resolve traumatic experiences and lead a fuller, more meaningful life.
How Somatic Experiencing® can help you.
Changes Counseling’s trauma therapy utilizes an understanding of trauma and more specifically the nervous system to improve regulation and heal from trauma. Changes Counseling incorporates Somatic Experiencing® into the treatment of trauma and chronic stress. Somatic Experiencing® is an approach that uses neuroscience to understand what happens when we experience overwhelm as a result of a traumatic event or ongoing chronic stress. Humans, like animals, have a series of survival responses built in to their Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). It is through the autonomic nervous system that we can restore natural regulation and a sense of safety and peace.
Somatic Experiencing® is an intervention that will include talking however, instead of the focus being solely on processing material cognitively and emotionally, there is an invitation to notice the body’s experience to the material. The goal is to allow and support the body to move through the survival responses and return to feelings of peace and ease. We will work together and at a pace that is right for you and your nervous system to process and integrate the traumatic event. You will find your reaction to this difficult event to become less intense and you will begin to experience a sense of being able to manage what once felt unmanageable.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
The human brain has a remarkable ability to heal itself- if we let it. EMDR therapy is a treatment method which seeks to create new neuronal pathways between the parts of the brain that store memories, process emotions, and control the body. Much research has been done about how the nervous system responds to trauma- when the fight, flight or freeze response is triggered, our ability to process emotions and integrate them fully into our memory network is hampered. Though EMDR is an excellent treatment for those who suffer with symptoms of post-traumatic stress, it has been found to be helpful for a myriad of other presenting problems as well.
If you find yourself suffering with persistent negative beliefs about yourself, your EMDR therapist will help you transform these negative beliefs into positive beliefs about yourself. Negative beliefs are often embedded into our memories from childhood abuse and neglect. Other times, these negative thoughts are attached to more recent events, and trauma can sear these negative beliefs into our brains to the point they feel like permanent fixtures. The good news is that they are not! Instead of searching for a diagnostic label, your EMDR therapist will seek to understand your symptoms in the context of your experiences. If you want to move past the issues that inhibit you from positive change, EMDR therapy can assist you along the way.