WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Every day we receive information through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin, which informs the brain about ourselves and our environment. During sleep the brain processes this information. The information is then either archived or kept in present tense memory to help keep us safe. When we experience something that is overwhelming, the information is stored by the brain in present tense memory as part of our survival instinct. The overwhelming nature of the incident creates a situation where the brain stores all the sensory information, the emotions that come with these and the reactions in the body in present tense. This creates a situation where any of these can be experienced again when there is something in our environment that is connected to the traumatic memory. We can then re-experience the same reaction (e.g. of fear, or shame) as if it is happening again in the present moment. This is called a traumatic reaction. The pictures, smells, sound that creates these “flashbacks” are called “triggers”.
Eye Movement Integration (EMI) was developed by Connirae and Steve Andreas of Colorado, USA in 1989. EMI is a neuro-therapeutic method for accessing and integrating traumatic memories and experiences. EMI is astonishingly rapid in its effects, freeing clients from the burden of unresolved memories of almost any form of trauma - from childhood abuse to car accidents; from rape to natural disasters to combat situations - in just one to three treatment sessions.
Resource therapy is a brief, strength based, trauma informed, parts therapy. It is based on the understanding that the personality is composed of multifaceted parts. These parts are called our resources and we have many resource parts. These parts where created in earlier life stages to help us cope with difficult life situations. At that time, they were functional and necessary, but they may not be helpful in the current situation. Resource States may be Normal or Pathological. We want all our personality states to be normal. Resource Therapy helps states move to normality.
Somatic Experiencing (SE™) is a body-based (bottom up) modality for healing trauma and other stress disorders. It is based on a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, medical biophysics and has been clinically applied for more than four decades. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine.
We host EMI, Resource Therapy and Somatic Experiencing workshops in South Africa on a regular basis. To find out more about each workshop's content, click on the relevant subject below.