Our Trauma & PTSD Specialties
Our approach to trauma relates to the present-moment nervous system state that pertains behaviorally, emotionally, energetically and psychically to a perceived or actual past-moment injury. In this way we are quickly able to discern physiology or psychology as the primary sources of challenge.
Trauma is akin to a dream constantly recycled by the nervous system as it seeks to change the narrative content and thus reach the ending or completion of the dream. At such time, the dream ends and the individual wakes up. As adults we are generally conditioned to resist and block this completion.
Our method is an organic, procedural synthesis to nervous system regulation via the catalyst of spaciousness and presence. We help your nervous system enter a state of coherence during which it can re-negotiate or "flush out" the incomplete parts of the dream and thus release any bound sensations, images, memories, behaviors and feelings.
Our approach is transpersonal and very much centered in the nonduality traditions of the world, including Qigong, Advaita and Gestalt. Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing ™ method provides the basic foundation four our therapeutic approach.
At times the therapeutic session may take on diverse forms such as gentle touch, play with toys/objects, drawing, collage or painting, play acting, gentle exercise and other creative manifestations arising out of your needs in the moment.
1690s, "physical wound," medical Latin, from Greek trauma "a wound, a hurt; a defeat," from PIE *trau-, extended form of root *tere- (1) "to rub, turn," with derivatives referring to twisting, piercing, etc. (see throw (v.)). Sense of "psychic wound, unpleasant experience which causes abnormal stress" is from 1894.
"restoration to health," Old English hæling, verbal noun from heal (v.). Figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s.
early 15c., "person wise through experience," from expert (adj.). The word reappeared 1825 in the legal sense, "person who, by virtue of special acquired knowledge or experience on a subject, presumably not within the knowledge of men generally, may testify in a court of justice to matters of opinion thereon, as distinguished from ordinary witnesses, who can in general testify only to facts"