Over the last few years I have been training and studying in different approaches to working with trauma. In particular, my interests lie with Dr Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience approach, and Lisa Schwartz’ Comprehensive resource model (CRM).
A traumatic event can be defined as when a person has experienced or witnessed an event or events that involve threat to life, or serious injury to self or others. It involves responses of fear, helplessness or horror (DSM-IV).
Emotional symptoms of traumatic stress are anxiety, panic attacks, rage outbursts, mania, hypervigilance, racing thoughts, worry, depression, dissociation, apathy, disconnection from others. Physical symptoms may be increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, cold sweats, tingling, muscular tension,chronic pain, inability to sleep or relax, low energy, exhaustion, numbness, poor immune system.