“Trauma has nothing whatsoever to do with cognition. It has to do with your body being reset to interpret the world as a dangerous place. It’s not something you can talk yourself out of”
DR Bessel van der Kolk
There are so many options for healing that it can be very confusing to choose the one that fits your needs the best.
THE TREATMENT OF SUFFERING : 3 PILLARS
PSYCHOTHERAPY: The use of language to change mood, sensation, thinking ,and behavior. This is called top down therapy.
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY: The study and use of chemicals to change mood, sensation, thinking and behavior
PSYCHOSENSORY HEALING : The use of sensory input to change mood, sensation, thinking and behavior. This is called bottom up therapy.
Top-down and bottom-up therapies are two different approaches to trauma therapy that focus on different aspects of the individual’s experience and processing of trauma.
Top-down therapies, which primarily focus on cognitive and emotional aspects, may not always be effective in addressing encoded trauma because trauma is often stored in the body and the survival part of the brain, not easily accessible through cognitive processing alone. Encoded trauma refers to traumatic experiences that are deeply ingrained in the nervous system and stored as sensory and somatic memories rather than explicit memories.
When trauma occurs, the body’s stress response is activated, leading to physiological changes and the release of stress hormones. These physiological responses can become encoded in the body’s sensory and nervous systems, creating implicit memories that are not easily accessible through conscious thought processes. As a result, simply talking about or cognitively processing the trauma may not be sufficient to fully address the encoded trauma.
Bottom-up Therapies, such as somatic experiencing or sensorimotor techniques, focus on engaging the body and accessing these encoded trauma memories through sensory and somatic experiences. These therapies aim to regulate the nervous system, release stored trauma energy, and promote healing by working directly with the body’s physiological responses and sensations.
By engaging the body and accessing the sensory and somatic aspects of trauma, bottom-up therapies can help individuals process and release the encoded trauma in a more holistic and integrated way. This approach allows for the integration of cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of the trauma, leading to more comprehensive healing and resolution.
Bottom-up therapies are effective in addressing encoded trauma because they directly engage the body and the sensory and somatic experiences associated with trauma. Here are some reasons why bottom-up therapies work on encoded trauma:
Overall, bottom-up therapies are effective in addressing encoded trauma because they directly engage the body and the sensory and somatic aspects of trauma. By working with the body’s innate healing capacities, these therapies facilitate the processing, integration, and resolution of the encoded trauma in a holistic and embodied way.
Psychosensory modalities refer to therapeutic techniques that engage the senses to promote healing, self-regulation, and emotional well-being. These modalities recognize the powerful connection between sensory experiences and psychological well-being. By engaging the senses, individuals can access and process emotions, memories, and trauma in a holistic and embodied way. Also the language of the amygdala is the five senses. The Amygdala does not speak story so the part of the brain, body and nervous system that trauma is encoded is different from the cognitive part of the brain.
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