Trauma Integration

What is it?

  Trauma Integration is:    

  • Relational
  • Collaborative & safe
  • Dynamic 
  • Explorative 
  • Creates change

 Some responses to trauma (individual and collective) are:  


  • PTSD, dissociation, depression & anxiety
  • Mood  disorders & other mental health challenges
  • Addictions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Pain management & body awareness
  • Workplace issues & conflict dynamics
  • Life path & career issues
  • Stress, emotional health & well-being
  • Grief & loss

How does integration happen?

  

Somatic Therapies


Soma is the Greek word for the body. In somatic psychotherapy, the focus is on understanding and moving through traumas and emotions held in the body but which may not be conscious. You may have lived your life reacting to people, places and things but not know why. This therapy helps to find and work though causes.
 

This holistic approach allows me to truly connect with the individual using a combination of therapies tailored to the client's needs.
 

CBT
 

What we believe affects how we behave & feel. And not everything that we have believed – about ourselves or about others – is accurate, or constructive. All therapies have CBT within it, whereby the ultimate goals are founded in change.
 

Cognitive behaviour therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think, in order to feel and to behave better even if the situation does not change. The reason for its success is it’s highly instructive nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments.
 

Mindfulness
 

Mindfulness therapies acknowledge the importance & acceptance of thoughts, feelings & our own personal context. Clients learn how to become aware of & tune into their moment-to-moment experience, hence the term Mindfulness. Using simple exercises for mind and body these therapies help the client move through fear and avoidance and towards peace of mind & self-compassion.
 

Through mindfulness therapy you learn to withhold judgement and to forego criticism. You learn progressively to face all your fears, and stop avoiding them, by paying increasing attention to emotions and physical sensations without getting overwhelmed by them. As a result you become a balanced, mature, adaptable individual who is able to take charge of emotions, feel and express compassion for others, and stand up for your own beliefs. 


Relational Regulation (attachment) Therapies  
 

Relational Regulation teaches individuals to focus on what is happening in the present inside themselves with another present. When a maladaptive behavior of thought pattern arises, most people don’t realize the intelligence in these behaviors & beliefs. Acknowleging one’s brilliance in coping with unusually overwhelming situations leads people towards more compassionate exchanges with self. It breaks through emotional and cognitive blockages by using exercises to balance and integrate all our senses – visual, auditory, movement, breath & the presence of another.

Internal Family Systems Therapy
 

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz & others. It combines systems thinking with the view that consciousness is composed of various "parts" or subpersonalities, each with its own perspective, interests, memories, and viewpoint. A core tenet of IFS is that every part has a positive intent for the person, even if its actions or effects are counterproductive or cause dysfunction. This means that there is never any reason to completely resist, coerce, or try to eliminate a part; the IFS method promotes internal connection and harmony.

 Re-Sourcing from Source
 

The best description of spirituality came from my grad school instructor. He said it simply is connection. We could take that further & describe it as connection to a source of energy or relation that is bigger than our individual selves.
 

For example: Nature, Sky, Universe, Love, Compassion, Integrity, Spirit, God, Creation, music to name just a few. Re-sourcing helps individuals connect to their version/experience of Source in creative & grounding ways.
 

Other Therapies
 

Narrative therapy
 

Solution-focused therapy
 

Conflict & Diversity as tools
 

EMDR
 

Dreamwork
 

Process-Oriented approache