I am not a “smoke and mirrors” therapist. I like to understand and help my client understand what is happening in their brain, bodies, and relationships both psychologically and physiologically. We start with simplified versions of the nervous system anatomy and metaphors as relevant to your situation. After all, this is your therapy session and not graduate school! Of course when over simplified, the gaps can become confusing. Polyvagal Theory is the most current and comprehensive explanation of the nervous system. Usually this is an incredibly dry, mind numbing, confusing topic to really grasp in full, but fortunately this video breaks it down in a insightful way, lightening with humor, and not leaving out any important parts.
So if you are having a hard time understanding:
- Why am I Anxious?
- Why do I space out and shut down?
- Why am I so sensitive to sounds?
- Why am I different after trauma?
- Why didn’t I run away or fight back?
Please take the time to watch this and understand why it’s not your fault. This is the big picture of your hard wiring. Effective and compassionate PTSD treatment must include a trauma informed approach that addresses the nervous system as well as psychology. Body AND mind.