Often a trauma patient’s body seems to tell them, “There’s something wrong with me. Everything is my fault. I’m so ashamed.”
It’s challenging, helping patients learn how to quiet the messages their bodies are sending them so they can self-regulate and heal.
And for some clients, just hearing the word body can activate a fear response.
So is there a way we can help patients begin to make peace with their bodies when they feel so vulnerable? According to Pat Ogden, PhD, it begins by helping them experience the body as a resource to aid their healing.
Pat illustrates one way we can do this with our clients – check it out, it’s just 3 1/2 minutes.
If you would like to learn more about how to help patients overcome feelings of fear and shame associated with trauma, click here to check out our webinar series on Rethinking Trauma.
What tools or techniques have you found effective in helping clients quiet their fear response?