“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk
While there are similar effects, everyone's experience of trauma is highly unique. What we do know is that trauma not only affects how different parts of our brain interact but can be a whole body experience. As such, the treatment needs to be highly individualized. At Stonetree, we utilize a variety of psychological approaches to address the impact of trauma. While we can never take away the original event, successful treatment will take the sting out of your current experiences. Often that is achieved by understanding how our brain is operating at "trigger" times and utilizing a range of helpful techniques. Sometimes re-processing the original experience(s) to have it filed away in the brain in a less problematic manner can be helpful. We understand that everyone will be at a different place in their readiness to re-process those experiences. The good news is that while working with the original event(s) might be useful for some people, there are a number of interventions that can be helpful if you are not ready for that.
Our therapists have received specialized training in trauma and multiple evidenced based techniques. If for some reason we think that the techniques available aren't a good match we will happily provide a referral to another provider who utilizes a technique that may be a better match.