A traumatic event that has been wounding psychologically can have an extensive impact physically. The emotion of trauma gets “stuck” in your body. Traditional talk therapy alone cannot not attend to the physical manifestations of trauma. According to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, survivors of trauma cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies.
Healing Within utilizes an integrated system of treating trauma’s effects on both the mind and the body. This integrated system bridges the gap between verbal psychotherapies and body-oriented psychotherapies. Trauma is not stored in the verbal part of our brain; it is stored in the limbic part of our brain that is unable to put words and feelings to our experience. Trauma is stored as an unconscious body memory. Resolution begins when the body is integrated into the therapeutic process along with the mind and spirit.