If you suspect that you or a loved one has post-traumatic stress disorder, the important thing is to get help as soon as you know there is a problem. Often, when PTSD goes untreated, it gets worse and negatively affects many aspects of the person’s life, including his or her personal relationships, mental and physical health and ability to work and achieve ambitions.
The longer you wait, the stronger the tendency is to become resigned to the symptoms as “that’s just the way I am”. The sooner you begin treating PTSD, the easier it will be to overcome.
Often sufferers of PTSD feel a lot of guilt and shame around the symptoms they are experiencing. These people might be reluctant to seek help. Keep in mind that PTSD is not a sign of weakness. Seeking help for such problems is a courageous, empowered, and positive decision which holds promise to restore good feelings in your life and also will positively affect those around you.
Treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder at Releasing the Past focuses on a natural and highly effective method called Somatic Experiencing®. This is not traditional “talk therapy” but a positive, body-centered approach which does not require remembering or re-experiencing the past traumatic event. Instead, we teach the client how to allow awareness of the sensations in the body to permanently release fear, anger, tension, and other uncomfortable constrictions without necessarily even knowing the origins of those feelings. It is a natural and drug-free form of treatment that has been very successful in treating PTSD.
Somatic Experiencing® was developed by respected author and researcher, Peter A. Levine, PhD who holds doctorate degrees in Medical Biophysics and Psychology. Levine’s model of post-traumatic stress treatment teaches us that humans, like wild animals, have within our bodies and nervous systems the natural ability to recover fully from traumatic life events.
The problem is that often in humans, we get overwhelmed by such events or lack support to recover afterwards. In addition, in our culture, we are often taught to use our large, highly developed cerebral brains to try to “figure out” such events using words and ideas. But because these traumatic events violated us in such a fundamental way, our cerebral brains cannot reconcile the traumatic experience with the anxious, “unsafe” feelings in our bodies.
In Somatic Experiencing®, the trauma is processed not in the cerebral brain, but in the instinctual brain…the same part that was responsible for saving your life with the “fight-flight” response in the first place.
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Rather than using words and ideas, Somatic Experiencing® accesses a different part of our brains by focusing attention on sensations, images, and resources. This allows us to process these events and begin to move past them. The magic of Somatic Experiencing® as treatment for PTSD is that it connects you to something your instincts and body already know how to do. We help you to remember it!
Our treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder also explores other ways that PTSD affects your life and and we work to help you change those other symptoms — for instance, depression, substance abuse, or inability to form loving relationships. It becomes much easier to change these old habits once some of the “fight-flight-freeze” is discharged from your nervous system.