Grounding for PSTD and Trauma Symptoms

Grounding for PSTD and Trauma Symptoms

Grounding is a powerful tool in the trauma healing toolkit because it generally reduces states of activation, sometimes quickly and significantly. Experiencing an almost total reduction in activation just through grounding can be surprising, since grounding is very...

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Script for When You Have Been Triggered

Script for When You Have Been Triggered

Script for When You Have Been Triggered: Print this and keep with you, read the part in italics OUT LOUD: Talk to Your Body If you have become triggered, i.e., something has reminded you of a past traumatic event, or even if you have become anxious without a known...

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Grounding – the Four Paws Exercise

Grounding – the Four Paws Exercise

This exercise is excellent if you are out and about as you can do this unobtrusively by just sitting at a table or leaning against a wall or tree. Ground your Energy Using the Four Paws Exercise – Have both feet flat on the floor and deepen your breathing Gradually...

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Post-Traumatic Stress – A Brief Description by

Post-Traumatic Stress – A Brief Description by

PTSD is often associated with military veterans returning from war zones - however - PTSD often refers to one major traumatic incident so could be anything that traumatises someone eg a car accident or some other major or shocking incident. Complex PTSD refers to a...

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The Three Stages of Trauma Recovery

The Three Stages of Trauma Recovery

Adapted from Herman, 1992 If traumatic memory is worked with directly, it can contribute to re-living the trauma and further destabilization. Instead, the focus of recovery is on helping you create safety and stability, develop internal and external resources,...

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If You Have Become Triggered….

If You Have Become Triggered….

Talk to Your Body If you have become triggered, i.e. something has reminded you of a past traumatic event, or even if you have become anxious without a known reason, and your heart rate and breathing is rapid it is likely that your body is flooding with adrenalin, or...

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Dealing with Flashbacks:

Dealing with Flashbacks:

Tell yourself that you are having a flashback. Remind yourself that the worst is over. The feelings and sensations you are experiencing are memories of the past. Get Grounded. This means stamping your feet on the ground so that the child knows you have feet and can...

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What is dissociation?

What is dissociation?

What is dissociation? Many people may experience dissociation (dissociate) during their life. If you dissociate, you may feel disconnected from yourself and the world around you. For example, you may feel detached from your body or feel as though the world around you...

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Physical Sensations Associated with Emotions

Physical Sensations Associated with Emotions

It can be supportive to understand that physical sensations are associated with the emotions we may be experiencing, as with trauma we may lose our sense of feelings (due to dissociation). Locating what you are feeling in your body helps to ground your emotions in...

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To help you begin to understand your dreams:

To help you begin to understand your dreams:

Jungian analyst Robert Johnson, in the book Inner Work, created a four-step way to work on dreams in an effort to bring our conscious and unconscious selves together. Dreams are usually expressions of our inner life; our inner process; something our unconscious is...

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