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.
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is a neuro-biologically based trauma treatment model which facilitates targeting of traumatic experiences by bridging the most primitive aspects of the person and their brain to the purest, healthiest part of the self. CRM’s mission is to remember, re-process, and release traumatic material from the nervous system in order to reconnect the patient with their sense of self. This takes a person from feeling lost and insignificant to embracing who they are.
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.
Mindfulness is a technique which cultivates an intentional awareness of the present moment. It can help a person develop greater compassion toward others and less negativity, enhancing both relationships and health. It can be practiced at any time, too.
All forms of yoga have profound therapeutic physical and psychological benefits. Yoga produces anti-aging benefits by dramatically lowering stress, uplifting mood, and aiding in a more restful sleep. The deepened connection between mind and body that one experiences and builds through yoga reflects the goals we aim to accomplish through our intensive trauma treatment programs.
The language of visual art — colors, shapes, lines and images — speaks to us in ways which words cannot. Art therapy is a modality that uses the nonverbal language of art for personal growth, insight and transformation, and is a means of connecting what is inside us — our thoughts, feelings and perceptions — with our outer realities and life experiences. Art making can help us express fear, anxiety and other stressful emotions.
Researchers have discovered recently that traumatic experiences become encoded in the mind in the form of images, almost like a camera taking a photograph. Visual art may offer a unique way to express traumatic images, bringing them to consciousness in a less threatening way than words. One does not have to be considered an artist to express themselves in this form.
Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system which dates back over 6000 years. Stimulation of specific points by the insertion of very thin needles increases blood flow and at the same time triggers hormones to be released such as endorphins and oxytocin. Both hormones have an effect on relaxing the nervous system, which is why clients report feeling lower stress levels and anxiety after treatment.
Along with lowering anxiety and stress levels, acupuncture can treat pain, headaches, digestive issues and insomnia. Acupuncture is an adjunct treatment modality. Incorporating it along with other healing modalities at Reconnect Trauma Treatment Center creates a holistic healing approach.
Neurofeedback is Brainstate Management Training, sometimes referred to as a “self-regulation” modality, that can help with a wide variety of presenting symptoms. Training with Neurofeedback helps your brain and your central nervous system communicate and execute better, dramatically reducing many presenting symptoms and thus improving your quality of life.
Neurofeedback is not a surgery, or a medication. It is just a form of training for your brain, promoting healthy function. It’s like going to the gym for your brain!
Some people with different brainwaves (EEG) may not respond well to medication, and this treatment is an effective alternative treatment.
TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise): An innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.
The Resilience Toolkit provides lifelong resourcing and skill building practices that begin with awareness of the body’s stress and relaxation cycles. It is a system of skills that supports the unwinding of deep seated chronic tension/stress and works with the body’s natural responses for bringing the nervous system back into a state of balance.
The Resilience Toolkit empowers individuals through various mindfulness and gentle movement techniques that reduce stress, build strength & tap into an individual’s healing body that will support them through their therapeutic treatment and daily life challenges. This technique includes therapeutic tremor.
CHRIS®-Technique (Cellular Harmonizing Reconstructive Integrative System), founded by Christine Schenk, is a technique that makes clients aware that they are two bodies: Physical Body and Energy Body. Ms. Schenk states, “Apart from the physical body, which we are able to see and touch, we have a second body, the Energy Body, with whom we share our life.” CHRIS®-Technique is especially useful in assisting trauma victims to become centered again. Most trauma patients become disassociated due to past events (e.g. near death experiences, difficult surgeries or births, or sexual/physical abuse), which is a disconnect between the physical and inner self. Many people relate to feeling as if they are watching themselves from above or away from reality. This is not a healthy phenomenon, and can make the client’s trauma worse. A psychotherapist who is trained in this technique helps the clients to feel each body so that they may understand the difference between the Physical Body and the Energy Body, which are the names of these two parts.