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Seeing Red Can Help You Manage Trauma Symptoms

At Cutting Edge Counseling, Somatic Therapy is one of the approaches we use to help people recover from trauma and restore resiliency to their nervous systems. While it takes a therapist years to become skillful with this therapy, there are simple tools that we teach our clients to use in their everyday lives to help them manage trauma symptoms. Somatic Experiencing allows us to access extraordinarily simple self-regulation skills that tap into our body’s ability to heal and balance itself. Self-regulation skills, also known as affect-regulation skills, help us manage…
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Is EMDR a Miracle Cure?

I get a lot of call these days from folks who have heard from a friend that a few sessions of EMDR helped them get over a trauma. Then they go on to outline long histories of repeated traumas and ask how long therapy will last. So, is it a miracle cure? My authentic short answer would be yes, no and sometimes. I’ve had many clients with single incident trauma (car accident, sexual assault, etc.) who had a couple of sessions and felt immeasurably better, no longer plagued by the…
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How Do We Change Memories for the Better?

We know that we can heal PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) by using EMDR and Somatic Experiencing to alter traumatic memories, but what is happening in the brain? How are we able to change a person’s relationship–their visual memory, sense memory, emotional response and belief system–to an event that is in the past? Scientists have now verified through clinical reearch what we trauma therapists have been doing for a long time. They established that old memories can be changed or reconsolidated, but only in a window of susceptibiity typically between…
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Out of Body Experience: Thank Your Brain

In our work as trauma specialists we often see people who have had an out-of-body experience during a traumatic event such as assault or sexual violation. They might say something like, “I wasn’t there. I floated up to the ceiling and looked down at my body.” We know that this is a not uncommon reaction to a situation of inescapable attack, but now we have a scientific explanation of what is happening in the brain. Dr. Brugger, a neuroscientist in Zurich, says, “The research shows that the [sense of] self…
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Social Workers and Post-Traumatic Stress

The phenomenon of being traumatized by hearing about traumatic experiences is known as Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder. Social workers are among the first responders to traumatic events including 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and sexual assault. A recent study found that repeatedly hearing the stories of trauma victims doubles the risk of social workers themselves experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Reports Brian Bride, a researcher in the University of Georgia School of Social Work, “Social workers may hear about burnout and they may hear about self care. But they’re not hearing about Secondary…
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