A revolutionary approach to healing PTSD
The 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.