There is a time for studying, and there is a time for action. This page is meant to introduce you to the next step of healing.
Trauma and its processes of dissociation are complex even if it spanned only a single event or incidence. Therefore it is essential you work with someone who understands you and knows about the intricate mechanism of trauma from the inside out.
To address any trauma, you need a concise, practical and realistic approach that integrates a somatic (body) approach as well as a cognitive understanding.
A cognitive understanding assists in creating a healthy framework and makes you understand what keeps your post-trauma symptoms in place, that your coping reactions (even when apparently destructive) serves a purpose and helps to ease blame, shame, guilt, and self-reproach. This framework will give you context and a constructive perspective to start to contain and process the emotional charge related to trauma, be it developmental or incidental.
And this is where the somatic part comes in. It is through connecting with the body again that emotional residue can be processed, released or integrated thereby reversing the dissociative processes. And this needs to be done with care.
Effective therapy emphasizes containment so that you won’t feel overwhelmed again, and to assist in creating resources and resilience to work through the tough parts.