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What are the limits of TRE?

Posted on08 Aug 2019
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Exploring the limits of TRE and trauma therapy TRE is simple and powerful. For some people not talking, just shaking, coming into their body and working on their own is a life changing. These limits can also be hard for some people; they may benefit from finding a community, social justice, appropriate medication, ongoing one to one talking therapeutic support. In these cases TRE work best as part of a package of care. No one knows how to treat trauma successfully for all clients. We do not claim TRE is cure for all people, nothing works all the time for everybody, this is the same for any intervention. Treating trauma...
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How to Create Safety in Trauma Healing?

Posted on30 Jul 2019
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The very nature of trauma is that it is overwhelming – it’s more than the organism can cope with. Trauma shatters our worldview and rules of fairness and justice no longer seem to apply. Trauma often leads to a spiritual crisis and a profound re-evaluation of meaning. It takes us to very primitive place of fight–or–flight or dissociation. It’s very hard to live fully with a brain screaming “danger!”, and generating life or death scenarios at the slightest stimulus. The best way to reset the old parts of our brain is to slowly wake up the body. Healing trauma is not about remembering. It is about self-regulating to turn down...
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Can we trauma-proof our brains?

In our modern day world, you don’t have to look too far to find a source of stress. A noisy neighbour, a traffic jam or an argument with your partner can take you down the same fear pathway as being chased by a tiger. It’s no wonder many of us feel chronically tense. I believe we all need to learn to be a bit more ‘mammal’. And in doing so, we can actually ‘trauma-proof’ our brains. Time to be more ‘mammal’… When an antelope escapes the jaws of a predator, it picks itself up, has a good shake and then carries on munching grass like nothing happened. Very quickly, the...
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Constructed Emotions – A history of emotion research

Posted on19 Nov 2018
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Here is great article on the history of research into emotion by Lisa Feldman-Barrett: ‘Construction theories of emotion are an ambassador for an entirely different view of human nature. Your mind cannot be a battleground between animalistic emotions and rational thoughts, because the brain has no separate systems for emotion and cognition.’ The classical view of emotion ‘says that you are an animal at the core, at the mercy of automatic emotions that you regulate by that most human of abilities, rational thought. This view of human nature is deeply embedded in society. It’s in the legal system, which distinguishes between calculated crimes, such as first-degree murder, and crimes of...
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To heal trauma we do not need to remember

Posted on24 Sep 2018
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Memory is a complex perception How does memory work? Why does it get confused in trauma? When trying to recover from overwhelming experiences it can be helpful to understand how memory works, particularly how memories are related to feelings in the body. There are folklore phrases such as ‘muscle memory’ and ‘cellular memory’ that can be very useful but need to be applied carefully. They speak to the importance of information stored in the body. However it is essential to understand that for the information to be available to our awareness, our brain needs to be involved in processing the patterns of information flow happening in the body. Where the...
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Containment in TRE: Avoid ‘Oh My God’, Try Orient, Mobilise, Ground

Posted on30 Aug 2015
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Containment for Freezing, Flooding, Dissociation in TRE Below is a mneumonic to help remember responses to contain someone who  is freezing, flooding or dissociating in TRE. These work as principles for the TRE Provider who is running a group or supporting an individual, but work equally well if adapted slightly for the person who is getting activated. O M G Its scary when people get activated Probably best to avoid going ‘Oh My God’, try Orient, Mobilise and Ground Activation, as used here, means increasing arousal is triggered as the neuroceptive circuits detect threat. Neuroceptive circuits are that part of our nervous system that is always checking ‘Am I Safe’? ‘Neuroception’...
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Steve Haines: Interview with Liberated Body

Posted on09 Sep 2014
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Body Maps and Interoception Click below for an interview I did with the wonderful Brooke Thomas. Brooke runs the Liberated Body website: ‘Liberated Body is 100% in service of helping people to reduce or eliminate pain, normalize range of motion, and embrace their body’s full potential by returning it to the happy, fully functional, badass state that is its birthright.’ http://www.liberatedbody.com/steve-haines-lbp-015/ ‘Steve Haines talks about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, body maps and how they become strange or distorted, interoception and why there is more pain in areas that we have less interoception about- or are more poorly mapped, the huge role the vagal nerve plays in our bodies and our sense...
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NEW: More London TRE groups with Cheda Mikic

Posted on26 Feb 2013
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The groups have proved very popular over the last couple of years. I am pleased to announce that there will now be approximately two groups a month. Cheda Mikic, Level II TRE Trainer, will be running the extra groups. I know Cheda well as a craniosacral therapy colleague and more recently in the TRE field. He has a huge experience in the field of alternative medicine. He has run successful TRE groups in Italy and will now be spending more time in London. I can highly recommend his work. You can access his biography here: TRE Trainers You can see the new schedule here: London Groups The new dates with Cheda...
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