Medical and mental health communities largely believe that the effects of trauma, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can only be managed throughout the lifespan with medication and traditional forms of therapy. But they would be wrong. In fact, the effects of trauma, including PTSD, are natural responses to unnatural events and they can be healed.

The latest neuroscience points to the need for more body- or brain-based therapies that engage the part of the brain that was most involved and ultimately traumatized by the event (or series of events). The reptilian brain, and its more primitive responses of fight/flight/freeze, is what mediates our response to threat. It is left highly activated or “stuck on high” when the completion of these survival energies is not possible at the time of the event(s). New therapies are able to communicate with and soothe this part of the brain in order to bring the nervous system back into balance so it can regulate itself again in a healthy way.

Outcome research is at the infancy stage for these new approaches, but their development was conscientiously based on the most recent neuroscientific findings. Thousands of anecdotal cases as well as preliminary evidence strongly suggest the efficacy of Somatic Experiencing (SE), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Self-Regulation Therapy (SRT), all body-based interventions that do not involve the medication and/or traditional talk therapy that can be particularly disruptive to the healing of trauma.

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