Louise Lasson, LCSW, CASAC
Creating Healthy Relationships
Most people, when they hear the word trauma, think of a one-time event, such as a car accident or sexual assault. But relational trauma, such as an abusive, alcoholic, or emotionally absent parent or years of being bullied can have profound effects on an adult's ability to optimally function.
Trauma occurs when our ability to engage our instinctual defenses of fight/flight is compromised, generally because to do so would have meant greater harm. In these cases, years and even decades later, the nervous system does not "recognize" that the trauma is over and we are now safe. The goal of healing trauma is to recognize that the original danger is over, to access and utilize tools and choices that weren't available at the time, and to help the body complete the thwarted defense
While talk therapy is an important component in trauma therapy, tracking body and nervous system experiences in the here-and-now is crucial because the body actually wants to restore itself. Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy really speak to me about trauma treatment and I utilize the ideas and techniques in these groundbreaking approaches. I also incorporate EMDR when appropriate.