Our approach to addressing trauma is to use body-mind oriented therapies. Traumatic events impact both mind and body—when a person experiences trauma, they are likely to be disconnected from their bodies. At Reconnect, we teach clients specific tools and techniques that help them to feel their bodies so that deeper healing can occur.
At Reconnect, we utilize two types of somatic therapies.
Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, is a body-awareness approach to trauma currently taught throughout the world. It is based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. Somatic Experiencing aims to help people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, developed by Pat Ogden, is a somatic cognitive approach for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and attachment disturbances. It is built upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques, but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Francine Shapiro, is a form of psychotherapy that has become a powerful tool against trauma. EMDR works by unlocking the nervous system and allowing the brain to process the experience and visualize disturbing material in a new, less distressing way. With EMDR, the process appears accelerated. Symptoms consistently are brought down to a level that they are less intrusive and easier to manage. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated half-million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
Brainspotting, developed by David Grand, is a powerful form of psychotherapy that can access parts of the brain that are often hidden from our awareness. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment of trauma, enhanced with bilateral sound, which is deep and direct. This enhances healing in a very focused way.