The freeze and shutdown responses to trauma can resemble each other . . .
. . . but they are very different in terms of what’s happening in your client’s brain, body, and nervous system.
And that means they require different grounding strategies as well.
In this infographic, we lay out some key cues to help you distinguish between these two defensive responses.
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In the Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma, we dive into three less understood defensive responses to trauma (beyond fight-flight-freeze) and walk you through how to work with each one.
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