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Trauma Informed Modalities

I am trained in a number of the latest trauma informed modalities where I draw upon a combination or stand- alone modalities depending on the severity and type of trauma presented. This means I work to integrate if/when based on assessment and as not one type of treatment works for all, trauma treatment is tailored to the individual.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy For Trauma

Dr. Pat Ogden is the developer of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.


 

Sensorimotor psychotherapy draws upon a range of body modalities such as movement therapy, postural and structural integration, yoga and the Hakomi Method, and works in the treatment of those who have experienced trauma or attachment distress, chronic and unresolved stress, on the basis that animal survival responses are activated at the time of trauma before cognitive or narrative areas of the brain react. However, often these instinctual defences – such as the desire to run or fight – are unfulfilled, leaving the client with a habitual sense of unease.


 

Like other somatic psychology approaches, Somatic Psychotherapy professes a body-first approach to working trauma and old survival patterns stuck in the system, where the nervous system never got the opportunity having been stuck in a survival response. As such, the physiology has adapted to the survival of the past. By looking at the sensations that lay underneath our feelings, and uncover our habitual behaviour patterns to these feelings, Sensorimotor psychotherapy employs the awareness of body sensation to help clients ''renegotiate'' and heal their traumas safely, rather than relive them.


 

The therapy involves working at the pace of the clients own nervous system (their window of tolerance) to gently activate and work the unresolved trauma and stress remnants through the body and nervous system. Therapy operates in cycles, where clients sense their way through the normal oscillations of internal sensation such as contraction and expansion. This is carried out gently and safety, working with each clients individual nervous system.

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The Rewind Technique

The version of the Rewind Technique is a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for detraumatising people, which can also be used for removing phobias and  performed once a person is in a state of deep relaxation.

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The Safe and Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a revolutionary non invasive sound therapy developed neuroscientist Dr Stephen Porges for the treatment of many dysregulation 'disorders' , not only treating trauma, anxiety but noise, pain, sound sensitivities, ADHD, Autism, Stroke, Brain Injury and lots more.

 

A key challenge for someone suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder is the inability to regulate their physiological survival response. As an instinctive and unconscious reaction, a person can rationally know they aren’t in danger while still experiencing hypervigilance and even panic. Achieving stabilisation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) through SSP can help people engage with along with other treatment interventions, allows them to begin to process their trauma in a safe and regulated way.

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Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on Mind Body connection, Movement and Breathing.


 

Trauma sensitive yoga is an evidence-based treatment used in the treatment of PTSD. It is a trauma-sensitive approach to help in the healing individualised and collective trauma, through single event trauma, multiple or developmental childhood trauma.


 

Yoga therapy may help people return to a baseline physiological state more quickly after a distressing memory is triggered. It’s thought that regular yoga with mindfulness can lead to positive changes in neural functioning, including the reduction in size of the amygdala and increased hippocampal volume.


 

Trauma sensitive yoga is a gentle and safe practice alongside other approaches as a way to bring awareness and calmness back into the body, bringing the body home and feeling connection within.

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Hypno-EMDR

Hypno -EMDR includes using bilateral stimulation with eye movements in a relaxed state to desensitises traumatic memories. EMDR is based on the work by Dr Frances Shapiro and a form of somatic therapies to process and help treat PTSD and trauma.

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Emotional Freedom Technique For Trauma

Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based method that combines acupressure with elements drawn from cognitive and exposure therapies.


 

EFT is a mind/body technique and is a gentle way to release and clear negative or blocked energy within our body. The system is based on an important discovery that a thought or memory from trauma, stress, phobias, shock, emotional pain or past programming can cause a disruption and blockages in the electromagnetic energy system of the body. The technique gently removes the emotional change from the memory, thought or concept which could also be self-sabotage or blocks to success. The energy flow is then corrected and restored to natural balance.


 

EFT has been used to help in the treatment of a wide variety of health including chronic pain and cancer diagnosis.


 

According to physicist and author of The Biology of Belief, Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, EFT is also a way to ‘supercharge’ deep emotional healing. This is because it reprograms negative belief patterns to more life-affirming ones. Most of the time we are not aware of the negative beliefs we hold as adults, many of which were formed in childhood. Yet these beliefs can and do contribute to the development of diseases and health conditions such as cancer, chronic pain, stress.


 

Through gently tapping around key meridian points on facial and upper body areas whilst focusing on an issues cortisol levels reduce, people experience more calmness and emotional blocked held in the system are released.

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Somatic Attachment Therapy

Somatic attachment therapy offers a holistic, body-centred method to healing relational wounds and trauma using Attachment Therapy, Integrative Parts Work ( Inner child work) and Inner Relationship Focusing.


 

Attachment injuries occur from sudden lost or insecure attachment with primary caretaker/s and/or previous partners.


 

Relationships can inspire our deepest sense of connection, joy and belonging--both to ourselves and others. They can also provoke our deepest insecurities, pains, and disconnection. Bringing an embodied understanding and awareness to attachment trauma transforms these early wounds, creating an empathic relationship with ourselves and others. This acquired secure attachment empowers us to live a life where our early attachment trauma doesn't define who we are or control our future relationships.


 

Re-parenting, validation and providing corrective relational experiences will also support your nervous system to feel more safety with others and provide ways to help you manage abandonment fears should they arise.


 

Somatic attachment therapy is not just about healing what went wrong, it's also about nurturing the skills to deepen what is going right so you can create deeper, loving relationship with yourself and others.

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Applied Polyvagal Therapy

Polyvagal theory is now a key, science proven nerve responsible in the treatment of trauma, stress and anxiety. Research has found imbalances in the vagus nerve, namely the dorsal vagus nerve and changes in physiology of the autonomic nervous system can lead to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, depression, or dissociation and specifically affects our ability to feel socially engage with others and feel safe in the word, experience joy and creativity.

Latest research by Stephen Porges (ph.D) Polyvagal theory, now shows that to naturally modulate these nervous responses breath, eye movement and massaging certain key facial areas can hijack the vagus nerve to restore dysregulation.

Applied polyvagal therapy, developed by Dr Arielle Schwartz and Dr Stephen Porges, is an embodied form of treatment that naturally repairs and modulates the nervous system through a combination of yoga movement linked with breath, movement and massaging various key facial and neck areas linked to direct activation of the vagus nerve.

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