Trauma therapy involves using various process and techniques working directly with the subconscious mind, the amygdala – a small part of the brain responsible for our feelings, emotions and reactions, the pre-frontal cortex and the hypocampus. It is directly linked to how we act and react.
A traumatic event overloads the brains normal stress management ability and our memory of the trauma becomes fragmented and filed in the wrong area of the brain.
Therefore, the memory does not follow a chronological order and disconnects from our speech centre. Memories of the event fragments and can easily be “triggered“ by other experiences, however the mind convinces itself it is a real event even though it isn’t. These “triggers” could be smells, emotions, places, roads, images or noises. Sometimes, a traumatised person can experience flashbacks of the memories, as if they were occurring here and now like having a nightmare.
Trauma is person specific as we all think and feel differently. Depending on several factors, people will react to therapy in different ways. With this in mind, I use an extensive toolkit of techniques and processes specific to my client and we evaluate as we go along. What we do need to do is balance the brain, its processing and how it sees the trauma, event or situation.