Thursday, 3 July 2014

Avoiding re-traumatization

I have been noticing that for many traumatized clients talking about the event actually deepens trauma and further cements it into their system.  If the intense physical reactions locked in our body after an event aren’t discharged clients can become stuck in a vicious cycle of fight, flight or freeze upheld by the reptilian brain. Instead of re-traumatizing a client by urging them to follow overwhelming details of their story, I listen and watch for what the body needs to do to move out of the state of shock and distress. With the right gentle support our body can be coaxed back to its natural self-regulation and balance, making use of the nervous systems natural resilience.

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