As a psychotherapist I accompany people in difficult phases of their lives. I assist when depressions become too strong and fears paralyse, loneliness is unbearable and relationships are filled with distress, when problems at work arise, addictions (alcohol, drugs, nicotine) get out of control and when these problems seemingly appear over and over again.
After traumatic events like abuse, negligence, acts of power and menace, but also after traffic accidents, tumbling, operations or the loss of a close person I attempt to ease pain using Somatic Experiencing by P. Levine, brainspotting by D. Grand and TRE (Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises) by D. Berceli.
Somatic Experiencing after P. Levine
A trauma is coupled to the nervous system. With incisive events it loses its full flexibility. Therefore, we must help it regain its full strength and range. – Dr. Peter A. Levine
When processing a traumatic experience, according to SE, one must attempt to bring incomplete numbed reactions which are blocked within the nervous system into conclusion in order to reignite the biological rhythm into its natural flow. This will reform a feeling of normality, vigour and well-being within the person treated.
Brainspotting after D. Grand
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method where a variety of challenging symptoms mostly neurophysiological sources of emotional/physical pain, trauma, dissociation are identified, processed and finally released.
“Brain spots” are eye positions related to the energetic or emotional activation of traumatic or emotional issues within the brain, usually located in the amygdala, the hippocampus, or the orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system.
Brain spots can be located through special eye positions by means of external observation and internal experienced reflexive response. Brain spots are actually emotional experiences in the form of memories which are being held back by the physiological subsystem. By stimulating brain spots the unconscious parts of the brain react, which in turn allows the therapist to locate troublesome areas. Reflexive responses include eye movement (twitching, blinking), pupil dilation and facial muscle movement or movement of feet or hands, however, facial expressions are usually good indicators for brain spots.
TRE (Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises) after D. Berceli
TRE is a method that utilises exercises to readily release stress and tensions, which build up within the body during everyday life. This can occur when body and mind are exposed to difficult situations, sudden or protracted situations full of stress or during traumatic experiences in life (e.g., natural disasters, social or domestic abuse).
TRE uses a series of six exercises to resolve profound tensions within the body. This is achieved by releasing auto-controlled shaking – so-called neurogenic tremor – within the body. Unique about this method is that this shaking originates from deeply within the body itself within the Psoasmuscels. The gentle vibrations propagate along the back-bone of the sacrum until they reach the skull where they then release tensions.
Breathing Therapy after Prof. I. Middendorf
This approach is oriented to the body and oriented to the breath. The development of a deliberate body and breath feeling and improved body mobility are a part of the practicing approach.
This happens by practicing the attention, mindfullnes and with different breath exercises, movement exercises and vocal exercises in the group as well as by the touching hand contact in a personal treatment with the recumbent person.