It can often be difficult for trauma survivors to understand how or why they reacted a certain way during a traumatic experience.
Instead of seeing their trauma response as the result of a split-second, unconscious decision made by their nervous system, your client may blame themself for not reacting differently.
This can be especially true for clients who went into the freeze or collapse response.
But Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD has a simple way of explaining how the nervous system responds to trauma that can be very helpful for clients.
This powerful piece of psychoeducation can ease feelings of shame and self-blame, and help clients appreciate the nervous system’s efforts to keep them safe.
We put it into an infographic that you can share with your clients. Have a look.
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This week, we’ll be broadcasting the first session of the Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma.
It’s free to watch – you just have to sign up here.
In this first session, we’ll dive into expert strategies for working with patients who are trapped in the freeze response.
You’ll hear from Bessel van der Kolk, MD; Stephen Porges, PhD; Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Thema Bryant, PhD; Bethany Brand, PhD, Deb Dana, LCSW; and other leaders in the field.
Now we’d like to hear your takeaway from this infographic. Please let us know by leaving a comment below.