Trauma-informed therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that seeks to foster an awareness of the complex impact of a traumatic experience on a person’s life and relationships. As trauma can impact not only a victim’s emotional landscape but also their overall outlook on life, trauma-informed therapists focus on not only the behavior a client is seeking to address through therapy, but also the underlying reasons for the behavior which may be associated with their traumatic experience. Therapists make the emotional and psychological safety of their clients their highest priority, weaving an understanding of the trauma’s potential impact into every aspect of the therapeutic approach. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Nowhere is this relationship more essential yet more endangered than in our healing from trauma, and no one has provided a more illuminating, sympathetic, and constructive approach to such healing than Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk.
Touch is perhaps the most overlooked innate resource we humans have for health and healing. Though we analyze, reflect and make meaning, fundamentally we are mammals who are wired to work, play, protect, relax, create, and heal through touch with each other.
Trauma is something that a lot of people have experienced during their lifetime. Psychotherapist Phil Naylor from the Glen Tara Center for Hypnosis Counselling and Wellness asserts that you may have suffered trauma even if you don’t realize it. It’s not always what you think, either.