When a trauma occurs, our bodies simply react.
But sometimes, when the body immobilizes in the face of trauma, this shutdown response can leave some trauma survivors (and even their loved ones) wondering why they didn’t “do” more to protect or defend themselves . . .
. . . and often, this feeling of helplessness or “failure” that results only gets in the way of healing.
But according to Stephen Porges, PhD, there’s a way to help patients reframe their perspective so they can shake off the lingering sense of shame that sometimes accompanies unresolved trauma.
Check out the video clip (below) for more – it’s just 4 minutes.
Stephen is probably best known for his groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, and how we can apply it in our clinical work to help patients “reset” their nervous system following trauma and begin to see their lives open back up.
To learn about the Polyvagal Theory, along with many other theories associated with the treatment of trauma, just click here.
Have you ever helped a patient reframe his or her response to trauma? Please share your experience in the comments.