What is trauma?
Trauma is the overwhelmed response to a stressor (perceived threat) that is causing an unbalanced nervous system. Trauma or traumatic stress can be the response to an acute, overwhelming event or the result of chronic and/or developmental stress. Trauma is not about the event itself, but is about the way the nervous systems responds and changes how it functions as a result.
Do I need to relive the trauma or tell the story to heal?
No! In SE we believe trauma healing shouldn’t be traumatizing. Focusing on retrieving memories or reliving the event is not helpful and will not be our focus. So we don’t discuss what happened if you don’t want to. The aim is to help you access the body memory of the event, not the story and to stay firmly in the safety of the here and now.
What is a session like?
We will pay mindful and strategic attention to body states and sensations as well as images, thoughts, emotions, spontaneous body gestures and movements to help you track what is happening inside, in order to renegotiate and discharge traumatic stress and return to safety, reregulating your nervous system and returning to physiological, mental and emotional equilibrium.
How long does the process take?
It depends on both the trauma we are resolving as well as the underlying regulatory capacity of your nervous system. Acute and uncomplicated traumas are typically quicker to resolve, possibly in one to just a few sessions. More complex traumas, PTSD, long standing chronic traumatic stress and chronic developmental stress and trauma take longer as we need to first build in the capacity for your nervous system to learn to regulate, before we can process stressful or overwhelming events. We will evoke neuroplasticity to actively change the wiring of your brain and nervous system, which begins immediately and strengthens over time with practice. Developing this neural regulation will increase your capacity, health and well being and will offer increasing benefits as we progress.
Can you do SE via video session?
Yes! I have been offering SE via video sessions for over 10 years to folks all over the world and my clients and I have witnessed deep healing and transformation through this platform.