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Trauma

“Trauma is primarily physiological…it is something that happens initially to our bodies and our instincts. Only then do its effects spread to our minds, emotions and spirits.” – Dr. Peter Levine

After experiencing a traumatic event or events one often feels overwhelmed, hypervigilant, anxious, unsafe in one’s own body, ashamed, and avoidant of specific situations.  Memories may seem unclear or missing, but the act of remembering can feel re-traumatizing. Trauma-informed therapies offer a safe experience in which to address the realities of trauma, to heal from them and to restore a sense of empowerment and control in your life.

Trauma informed therapies are effective in addressing symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse, sexual assault, childhood trauma, grief, dissociative disorders, self-injury and witnessing violence.

Lakeview Center therapists trained in trauma work offer Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Somatic Experiencing (SE), which are integrated with traditional talk therapies as the client needs.

Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP) involves the practice of embodiment and meditative awareness as the ground for healing and integration. This process reintroduces us to the innate intelligent resourcefulness of the body.

EMDR operates with the understanding that traumatic memories get “stuck” and hinder functioning.  Eye movements paired with specific methods of recalling disturbing memories help to elicit healing and resolution.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based therapy that works to reinstate the nervous system’s natural responses to threats that had been thwarted due to a traumatic event. When these natural responses are safely engaged again, symptoms associated with PTSD will decrease.

For more information about trauma therapies, please contact us.