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The Body Keeps the Score: Healing the Trauma We Carry

Updated: 5 days ago

Have you ever wondered why past experiences can have such a powerful hold on the present? In Bessel van der Kolk's groundbreaking book, The Body Keeps the Score, he delves into the science behind trauma and its lasting impact on our minds, bodies, and emotions.

Dr. van der Kolk, a leading expert in trauma research, argues that trauma isn't just a psychological issue – it's a neurological one. Traumatic experiences can literally change the way our brains function, leaving us feeling stuck in a constant state of fight-or-flight. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, addiction, and a whole host of other physical and mental health problems.

One particularly impactful quote from the book summarizes this perfectly:

"Trauma is not just a story you hold inside it’s the story your body tells you."

Instead of focusing solely on talk therapy, Dr. van der Kolk explores a variety of cutting-edge treatments that address the body's response to trauma. These include mindfulness techniques, yoga, hypnotherapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), all of which aim to help people reconnect with their bodies and process their experiences in a safe and healthy way.

This reframing of trauma is crucial because it opens the door to new possibilities for healing. If trauma is held within the body, then healing needs to address the body as well.

Here at Terra Dusa, we believe in providing our clients with the most up-to-date and effective treatment options available. Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in treating trauma, and they are committed to staying current on the latest research. We understand that healing from trauma is a journey, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

If you're interested in learning more about how trauma can impact your life and how you can begin to heal, we encourage you to reach out to Terra Dusa today. We offer free consultations where you can connect with one of our therapists and discuss your specific needs.

Remember, you are not alone. Trauma is a widespread issue, but there is hope for healing. By understanding the science behind trauma and exploring body-based treatment options, you can start to rewrite your story and reclaim your life.

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This is just one of the many great books on our therapists' reading list. Stay tuned for more recommendations!


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