Trauma Resolution and Healing

The Dallas Family Center specializes in trauma resolution and healing, and trauma therapy, whether the trauma be childhood related trauma, trauma from a motor vehicle accident, man-made or natural disaster, or an attack on an individual. Research over the years has shown how trauma is stored the body, within the physiological and neurological systems. Addressing and discharging trauma to restore the nervous system will enable the individual to regain his/her emotional, neurological, spiritual, and cognitive wellbeing.

Trauma can be defined as a psychological and physical injury or pain caused by a shocking or sudden experience. A traumatic event affects the nervous system, as the brain is unable to process the experience that happened too fast, too soon to the individual. Trauma is stored within the body if it is not processed and healed, and can affect the neurological, physical, and mental systems in such ways as to cause discomfort, flashbacks, anxiety, and pain.

Individuals experience trauma everyday, in all different ways, whether it be in war, a random attack, child physical or sexual abuse, neglect, medical procedures, death of a loved one, car accidents, sudden attacks, etc... Large groups of people can also experience trauma, such as survivors of the 9/11 attacks or acts of genocide in some countries.

Here are some of the effects of traumatic events and experiences on the body and nervous system

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Research on trauma shows that PTSD symptoms and other behavioral and emotional symptoms arise out of traumatic events and experiences, which can affect the daily functioning and enjoyment of life of people who have experienced trauma, in childhood or in adulthood.

Trauma is stored in the body, affecting the nervous system, and the way we behave, feel, and relate to others. Trauma can be accessed and discharged through the felt senses and the somatic experience.


What is Somatic Experiencing®?

 

Somatic Experiencing® is an effective psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is a body-awareness approach the releases traumatic shock, that is being taught throughout the world. It developed from the observations, research, and hands-on conceptualization and formation of Dr. Peter Levine.

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Somatic Experiencing® is a naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Somatic Experiencing® is based upon the realization that human beings have the innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, and restore their nervous system and self to a balanced state. SE® restores self-regulation of the emotional and nervous systems, thereby allowing the traumatized individuals to return to a sense of aliveness, relaxation, and wholeness, gifts that they had taken away from them.

Dr. Levine has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident, post surgical trauma, natural disaster survivors, man-made disaster survivors, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants, who suffered traumatic births. 

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SE® offers a framework to assess where in the autonomic system an individual is "stuck", whether it be in the flight, fight, freeze, or collapse responses. Se® provides clinical tools to facilitate the resolution of these fixed physiological states.

Somatic Experiencing® is based upon the observation in nature that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide the animals with a built-in "immunity" or protection to trauma, that enables them to return to normal function in the aftermath of highly activating life-theratening experiences.

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How SE Works

SE facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions. 

SE does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete and resolve in a slow and supported way he body's instinctual fight, flight, freeze, and collapse responses. Individuals locked in anxiety or rage then relax into a growing sense of peace and safety. Those stuck in depression gradually find their feelings of hopelessness and numbness transformed into empowerment, triumph, and mastery. SE catalyzes corrective bodily experiences that contradict those of fear and helplessness. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people's vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.

Watch Dr. Peter Levine talk about SE®