Leckey Harrison en Invisible Illnesses: Traumatology, Veterans: Mental Health, Healthcare Resilience Instructor • Raise Your Resilience, LLC 14/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +500

A revolutionary approach to healing PTSD

A revolutionary approach to healing PTSDThe healing paradigm is shifting. 

I agree with van der Kolk because I used TRE®, a body based modality, to heal my C-PTSD, and whatever came along for the ride in my time as a firefighter/EMT. Let me ask: If you could heal your trauma, mostly by yourself, without having to experience it "over and over" again, would you? The beauty of TRE is it uses the body's own innate mechanism to reset the body to an understanding of safety.  In our workshops we give a simple overview of what the brain does during a stressor or traumatic event. The "deep recesses" that van der Kolk mentions are the paleomammalian and reptilian parts of the brain. That's why we like TRE. It's what the body does to release stress and heal trauma. 

"Van der Kolk takes particular issue with two of the most widely employed techniques in treating trauma: cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves confronting patients over and over with what most haunts them, until they become desensitized to it. Van der Kolk places the technique “among the worst possible treatments” for trauma. It works less than half the time, he says, and even then does not provide true relief; desensitization is not the same as healing. He holds a similar view of cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T., which seeks to alter behavior through a kind of Socratic dialogue that helps patients recognize the maladaptive connections between their thoughts and their emotions. 'Trauma has nothing whatsoever to do with cognition,' he says. 'It has to do with your body being reset to interpret the world as a dangerous place.' That reset begins in the deep recesses¬ of the brain with its most primitive structures, regions that, he says, no cognitive therapy can access. 'It’s not something you can talk yourself out of.' That view places him on the fringes of the psychiatric mainstream." - Dr. Berceli, founder of TRE.

The complete article follows. TRE even differs from psychomotor therapy. We believe the body knows exactly what happened, and what to do to heal it. We teach people how to self-induce and self-regulate this natural mechanism, without having to discuss or remember stressful or traumatic events. Self-inducing and self-regulating are the revolutionary aspects. The mechanism itself? It's as old as Sapiens are. That's the evolutionary aspect. TRE combines the two. If you suffer from stress or trauma, be aware there are natural alternatives to the current methods for treatment that are worth considering. TRE is one. It's powerful, incredibly cost efficient, and a life time tool.

The way we treat trauma on this planet is starting to shift. Our only sustainable path forward on this planet is if we start to heal our trauma. I look forward to the day when we spend as much healing it as we do making it.


Sara Jacobovici 15/10/2016 · #6

#2 You don't have to hope @Deb Helfrich, you are always able to make your point and make it well. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's work has been a crucial part of the positive changes in approach and treatment of PTDS. I am old enough (and proud enough) to say that I attended one of Dr. van der Kolk's first trainings in a small room and gathering at the University of Toronto. The excitement of what he was presenting was palpable. I respect @Leckey Harrison's tremendous experience and knowledge in the work and treatment of PTSD. Given all that and with much respect, the clinical approach I described is something that I have believed in since day one; even before I actually could articulate it as an approach. It's my approach to a human offering other humans services; that is the only piece we can standardize. The rest is meeting the individual's needs; that can not be standardized. As you point out Deb in part 2, "...it might be a two step process...", or 3 or 1. The reason group therapy works is that there are enough things we share to make a group environment viable. Then there are things you do in individual therapy that are custom designed to meet the individual needs. I'll rewrite my opening line in my original comment to read as follows: The more information and options are made available to individuals seeking help with health or mental health issues, the better the outcome.

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Gerald Hecht 14/10/2016 · #5

Bob Isaacson http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/pressconnects/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=175510694&referrer=0&preview=True was a member of my dissertation committee; obviously that says it ...good post

Leckey Harrison 14/10/2016 · #4

#2 Well said, @Deb Helfrich. EVERYONE has the tool I teach. It's evolutionary. That takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. As addendums to what the body does naturally, one can choose other tools that will help, yet for some (think the people in Syria), those options are grossly limited. You also pointed out in part 2 where other tools are helpful, and that's in the need for re=patterning. When it comes to developmental trauma, that's important. I had to learn all kinds of new behavioral skills (mostly winged it) even though/as my body released it's wound.

So I don't call it wrong per se, I call it cart before the horse. If the body doesn't release it, there will be no healing. When I see see people "thriving" after 25 years of therapy and still have nightmares, crippling anxiety, and triggers as I read just two days ago, I am more convinced how true this is.

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 14/10/2016 · #3

Could the bodily tendencies that were created from trauma be sort of like how once we start limping from an ankle injury, the accommodations we make to walk with more force on the opposite foot throw our entire kinetic change out of whack, but once the ankle heals, if we don't attend to our posture, we will be left with a poorly functioning body?

But because trauma is thought about just as much as felt - it might be a two step process: heal the body via the tremoring mechanism that will reset our nervous system back to baseline by completing the physical cycle that would occur if we weren't socialized to always control our bodies and then use psycho-therapies to treat the habits and ways of thinking that arose to avoid or deal with the way trauma changed how we react and the way our bodies processed what was happening in the world.

Deb 🐝 Helfrich 14/10/2016 · #2

#1 I agree with everything you said, @Sara Jacobovici, and yet I am starting to consider that it is wrong. I hope I can actually make my point, it is still a little fuzzy to me. In essence, you are talking about the personality - the ephemeral sense of self - and @Leckey Harrison is talking about the body. We have 7 billion personalities on the planet, so lots of tailoring required when we approach helping people on that dimension. But when it comes to bodies, we seem to be able to treat a broken arm with only a few different approaches that are fundamentally the same. So while each trauma 'story' is different, might the effects within the body coalesce into a few specific ramifications? That might be treated with a pretty much standard mechanism?

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Sara Jacobovici 14/10/2016 · #1

Important Buzz @Leckey Harrison. Important because the more information and options about treating PTSD is made available, the better the outcome. The hardest part is matching the treatment to the person. Often there is a period of frustration until that match takes place. This is why any mass produced product will not succeed. We are individuals and as such need to have treatment custom designed to meet our individual needs. As a practitioner, it is my responsibility to learn, understand and acquire the tools that can meet the needs of the individuals I work with. In this way, once I start the work, based on the individual's responses, the next step can be taken. Information and choice, two crucial factors in the treatment of PTSD. Thanks for your invaluable contribution Leckey.

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