It is a breach of the normal flow of energy within body and mind that has resulted in a constriction pattern, both on a physical and mental-emotional level. It is highly charged disruptive energy which is often traceable somewhere in the body.
A healing vortex is something which is set in motion through the therapeutic process of containment, context and resourcing to help resolve and work through the Trauma-Vortex.
Dissociation on a healthy level is to shut out certain impulses when you need to focus on a task. Dissociation as a result of trauma fragments the body and mind. It shuts off and disconnects in order to preserve the still healthy functioning parts from the overflow from affected parts.
Re-enactment happens mostly on an unconscious level. It occurs when we find ourselves in situations that are somewhat similar to our past. Think of getting involved in abusive relationships, being prone to accidents, repeatedly being in a victim role, putting oneself in danger, getting attracted to the ‘wrong’ kind of people etcetera. It serves a purpose as the unconscious is looking for a way to resolve past issues. It is not for you to avoid these situations but to bring them into awareness so that eventually, when fully seen through, there is no need for re-enactment and it naturally drops away.
Resourcing serves to provide tools to resolve Trauma. An initial trauma is caused by overwhelm, a breach of one’s capacity to deal with the situation at hand. When these emotions resurface during the therapeutic work it is necessary to provide strengths and energy to move through them. Different methods can be applied to achieve this: slowing down the unfolding of the therapeutic process, bringing in a new perspective, using breath, finding a safe place in the body and many more can be utilized.
Containment, context and resourcing go hand in hand. Containment is to be able to hold the space for what is happening in the moment. This applies especially when Emotional Residue within the body-mind systems are addressed. Slowing down the therapeutic process is a big help in containment as well as a being in a safe place, trust in the therapist and a willingness to work and all the tools provided through resourcing.
I use the word context as – the meaning and interpretation we give to a certain event or period in our lives. Within the therapeutic process it is for us to examine if they are correct or not, if it serves a purpose to hold on to certain interpretations and to see the relationships between the continuing of Post-traumatic Stress and the narrative about what happened that we keep telling ourselves.
I am referring to Emotional Residue as a high energy charge of the nervous system due to a traumatic event. This can be caused by developmental trauma or incidental trauma. Emotional residue causes disruption of health and normal functioning in daily life.
The whole interaction between a therapist and client can be named a therapeutic process though I’d like to make a distinction here between talking about one’s feelings and talking into one’s feelings. The latter is what I refer to as the therapeutic process as it actually addresses, processes and resolves Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The therapeutic process is facilitated by tracking and verbalizing body-sensations.