WHAT IS THE CONNECTION
BETWEEN TRAUMA AND THE BODY?
Think, for example, of being ‘on alert’ (hypervigilant) to look out for potential danger, having an increased heart rate to help our muscles get ready for action or ‘numbing out’ to protect yourself from being overwhelmed.
These are all ways in which the body helps us to survive trauma.
However, after the trauma has passed, the body can still hold the memories of such trauma. Such 'body memories’ can be distressing, and get in the way of how we really want to live.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM?
We will look at ways to reconnect with our bodies, learn about the relationship between trauma and the body, and how we can use the body’s resources to help heal trauma.
Heal Trauma With Your Body draws upon practices from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a body-oriented talking therapy. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was developed by Dr Pat Ogden and seeks to highlight and use the body/somatic experience in therapy.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE PROGRAM?
Groups are limited to around six people, in a supportive environment, and include:
- education about trauma and how it affects the nervous system
- practical exercises to develop mindful awareness and ways to regulate your emotions
- copies of resources and links to further materials to assist you in continuing your learnings
The group is intended to be an adjunct to your individual treatment for trauma.
The group is also not about talking about your trauma history, which is a relief for most people. In fact, often ‘talking about the trauma’ can be dysregulating as it can ‘trigger’ traumatic memories and symptoms.
Further details on group expectations, dates and cost* are explained via the 'Register' page, along with Terms and Conditions. *Medicare rebates (for group therapy) may apply