Trauma & PSTD Healing Specialty : Complex PTSD
Our approach in healing complex PTSD supports and emphasizes:
+ Attunement to being safe or finding the way to safety
+ Decoupling (releasing) fear from immobility linked to vigilance
+ Re-negotiating physiological dysfunction via therapeutic touch
+ Differentiating "the trigger" from dissociation / depersonalization
+ Exploring ways of being that return a sense of control in oneself
+ Gradual return to self-regulation without the use of substances
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), also known as developmental trauma disorder (DTD) or complex trauma, is a psychoenergetic injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma in the context of dependence, captivity or entrapment (a situation lacking a viable escape route for the victim), which results in the lack or loss of control, helplessness, and deformations of identity and sense of self.
We see this particular manifestation active in our clients with histories of sexual abuse, parental neglect, alcoholic / drug family system, and very clearly with active & veteran members of the military and law enforcement agencies.
Our therapeutic approach is both physiologically and psycho-spiritually oriented with these clients. Their basic sense of trust in the goodness of themselves, others and life has been completely violated.
The great majority of these clients are deeply sensitive to life and respond quickly to a transpersonal and energetic or spiritual approach as a means to exit the traumatic elements in their nervous system.
Examples of C-PTSD include people who have experienced chronic maltreatment, neglect or abuse in a care-giving relationship, hostages, prisoners of war, concentration camp survivors, and survivors of some religious cults.