First and foremost, I LOVE listening to books. I think they are so helpful to me as a therapist and I have seen my clients benefit from them over and over again. I will absolutely introduce clients to books, however, clients are defintely not required to read them. The biggest benefits I believe my clients receive from picking up even one or two of them are understanding and validation.
I started training in brainspotting with Phase I in May of this year and I will be completing Phase II in November. I have also done brainspotting training specifically focused on working with clients who have experienced CPTSD and developmental trauma. Becoming trained in brainspotting is one of the best decisions I have made as a thearpist to help my clients. This approach uses eye positioning to give the brain increased access to the neural networks in the midbrain, so that it can reprocess and release the trauma stored there. Read more about brainspotting here.
Developmental trauma is not a diagnosis in the DSM but there are professionals who are trying to get it added to the diagnostic manual. The first, primary criterion of this type of trauma includes an attachment disruption. An attachment disruptions occurs when caregivers are not able to accurately attune and respond to thier child's needs. When the attunment and/or response to the child's needs is missed, the child's distress increases, and when this happens repeatedly, trust with the caregiver(s) is broken. This results in anxious, avoidant, or disorganized attachment styles rather than a secure attachment to caregivers.
The longest crainial nerve in the body is the vagus nerve. This nerve has a central role in the functioning of the body's autonomic nervous system. This model is called Polyvagal because bodies are in one of three physiological states--ventral vagal, sympathetic, or dorsal vagal--depending on the adaptive state of the autonomic nervious system. The ventral vagal state represents the parasympatic state which allows one to be his or her true self. Sympatheic is when the sympathetic brach of the nervous system is activated and body enters in to "fight" or "flight" mode. Dorsal vagal is a state of distress that is even more intense than fight or flight and causes the body to shut down and "freeze." The major goal of polyval is to stimulate the vagus nerve in order to re-enter ventral vagal and emotion regulation.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an appraoch that focuses on changing thoughts as a way of changing emotions and behaviors and that thoughts, feelings, and emotions are determined by schemas (beliefs about yourself, the world, and the future).
Telehealth has been a great option during a time of isolation and uncertainty. Even prior to the pandemic, however, Telehealth has been a wonderful option for increasing access to mental health and helping clients find the right therapist for them.
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