Yoga as TherapyTrauma-sensitive yogawas developed by David Emmerson, working with Bessel Van der Kolk at the Trauma Centre in Boston, America. It’s aim was to help survivors of abuse notice how they are feeling and begin to experience their emotions safely. As Complex trauma occurs as a result of abusive relationships and leads to a person existing in a state of ‘survival,’ Trauma-sensitive yoga creates the space for healing to occur within a safe relationship, where the therapist is trained to support a person who may experience triggers linking to previous trauma as a result of the practice. By raising awareness of the internal states within the physical self, trauma-sensitive yoga helps the individual regulate emotional arousal by ‘reorganising the physiological responses connected to the symptoms,’ thus enabling the survivor of abuse to self-regulate and experience emotions safely in the present.Unlike traditional yoga, clients are given the choice whether or not they wish go into a ‘shape’ or ‘form.’ Shapes are generally adapted and are used to bring about awareness of internal states. This allows clients to ‘re-connect’ to those parts of themselves which have become ‘split’ as a result of the trauma, thus enabling survivors of abuse to begin to self-regulate, experience emotions safely and live more in the present. Trauma-sensitive Yoga has also been found to support greater ability to enable the individual to be able to verbalise trauma following treatment and process their experiences in therapy.
Art TherapyArt Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication and supports people to express emotional issues that may otherwise be difficult to discuss. Unexplored, these may manifest themselves in a range of moods or behaviors that people may find distressing or can prevent a person from reaching their full potential. For many people, art can help as a form of expression and exploration of the self. Where we can often struggle to find the words to express our inner most feelings, art can be used to form a language for us and communicate what we otherwise cannot find the words for. This is because creativity and the art process accesses the unconscious, non-verbal and emotional brain as opposed to the higher functioning brain used in thinking and verbalisation. Art can facilitate functioning of this region and through positive experiences in creating images, can begin to support the individual to activate new neural pathways and learn to tolerate previous emotional pain.By starting to explore emotional issues in safe and contained space (through image making) a person can begin to manage and tolerate overwhelming feelings. The image becomes a container for the expressed emotion and feelings can be experienced at a safe distance. By creating a ‘container’ an individual can begin to explore, reflect and process the past. This set of actions begin to activate the pre-frontal cortex and starts to ‘shift’ the lived experience of past difficulties. This all occurs within a safe, therapeutic relationship in which the therapist can hold any adverse responses to the process and build on experience of a positive attachment relationship. It is becoming more widely accepted (through neuroscience research and evidence) that creative forms of expression have a critical role to play in both processing and overcoming emotional issues. There is no need to be ‘good at art’ to explore thoughts and feelings through art therapy.TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT SIMPLY CALL: 07393 943918
“To deepen and broaden consciousness by raising unconscious contents to consciousness is an ‘enlightenment’ a spiritual act”Jolande Jacobi