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Trauma-Informed Therapies are based on six principles:

1. Safety
2. Trustworthiness and Transparency
3. Peer Support
4. Collaboration and Mutuality
5. Empowerment, Voice and Choice
6. Cultural, Historical and Gender Issues

What to expect during a Trauma Recovery Introductory Session?

A Trauma Recovery Introductory Session is an overview and introduction to the process of recovering from traumatic experiences. This session typically covers the following topics:

  1. Understanding trauma: A discussion of what trauma is, how it can impact individuals, and the various forms it can take (e.g. physical, emotional, sexual abuse).

  2. Symptoms of trauma: Learn about the common signs and symptoms of trauma, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and avoidance behaviours.

  3. Trauma recovery process: An explanation of the steps involved in the trauma recovery process, including safety and stabilization, processing the traumatic experience, and integrating new coping skills.

  4. Support systems: An introduction to various forms of support that can aid in the recovery process, including therapy, support groups, and medication.

  5. Self-care: Emphasis is placed on the importance of self-care in the trauma recovery process, and practical tips for maintaining physical and emotional well-being.

The goal of this introductory session is to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can learn about the trauma recovery process, identify available resources, and start their journey towards healing and recovery.

It is not necessary to revisit the trauma story to resolve Van der Kolk says "we must treat trauma in the body because that's where the problem is".  

The body plays a crucial role in the treatment of trauma because it stores physical, emotional, and psychological effects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can impact the body in numerous ways, including changes in posture, breathing patterns, and muscle tension. By working with the body, various therapies, such as somatic therapy, can help individuals process and release the residual physical and emotional effects of trauma, leading to improved physical and emotional regulation, increased resilience, and reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Additionally, incorporating the body into trauma treatment can help individuals regain a sense of control over their physical selves and increase their awareness of the sensations and emotions they are experiencing. This can lead to greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, and help individuals develop healthy coping strategies to manage the ongoing effects of trauma.

In conclusion, incorporating the body into trauma treatment is essential because it addresses both the physical and psychological effects of trauma, helps individuals process and release residual physical and emotional effects, and promotes overall healing and recovery.

We have worked with people from all walks of life and found mindfulness and body-based practices have brought an unexpected peace to those who use them. 

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