Have you had an experience that has traumatized you?
Do you continue to suffer some negative effects from that trauma?
Have you been diagnosed with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?


The word “trauma” came from a Greek word meaning “a wound.” Wounds from physical or emotional trauma affect all of our body systems. Emotional trauma usually results from extremely stressful or life threatening situations. Children can be traumatized more easily than adults because they experience more situations as “life threatening.” Trauma can be large or small, single episode or complex. The human organism is amazing in its ability to process trauma. Normally, emotional symptoms subside after a few months. However, it is not unusual for a person’s normal processing systems and defenses to become overwhelmed with the magnitude of the effects of the trauma. Trauma can threaten our physical and psychological integrity. When this happens, a cluster of ongoing negative symptoms may ensue. This lingering reaction to trauma may result in a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). Symptoms might include panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, irritability, depression or anxiety. Children suffering from PTSD often react with negative behavior changes or nightmares.

I have found that the methods of bioenergetic analysis and EMDR are extremely effective in helping people process and integrate the experience and effects of trauma. I have devoted a portion of my practice to working with children and EMDR, to help them resolve traumatic experiences. Having seen how long lasting the effects of trauma are in adults, it is heartening to have a method that can help children close to the time they were traumatized. This allows them to get back onto their normal developmental track,without carrying the trauma effects into adulthood.

Biochemical changes in the brain can be seen when a person suffers from PTSD. In animal studies and human studies, the amygdala, a section of the brain, has been shown to be strongly involved in the formation of emotional memories, especially fear-related memories. Neuro-imaging studies have demonstrated these changes in brain functioning. Further research into the amygdala and fear conditioning may suggest additional treatments for the condition.

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