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Body Based Approaches as Entry Point into Refugee Trauma Survivor’s Internal State

Body Based Approaches as Entry Point into Refugee Trauma Survivor’s Internal State

The emergence of neuroscience has revealed to us how closely the body and brain inform each other. There is growing realisation that dysregulated physiological systems are the bedrock of psychological distress. It makes sense therefore for trauma informed practice to be inclusive of body based approaches as another entry point into the clients’ internal state. This has proven to be particularly valuable in complex trauma presentations where the mind has been unable to process the intensity of the experiences to survive.

This case presentation elaborates on various methodologies and approaches that can be utilised in such work. A client’s journey towards body awareness and the ability to self regulate will be explored in detail, as are the various methodologies and approaches that were utilised in this process.

Every person has a unique way that they embody trauma and it is important to have a broad range of tools to work with. This can be slow and delicate work but ultimately very rewarding for the client and therapist alike.

Speakers: Hugh Churchward