Recent neuroscience and traumatological research has shown that the “imprint” of unresolved trauma has less to do with the narrative memories themselves (which are cognitive) and much more to do to with the bodily autonomic states connected to those events. Therefore, while top-down cognitive psychological approaches (such as CBT,DBT, and talk therapy generally) can be critical to address the thinking side of you, the embodied symptoms of the trauma will often be best addressed with bottom-up approaches (like SE, EMDR, or bodywork) that work directly to help re-regulate the body-based autonomic nervous system.

Somatic Experiencing Practitioners

Vanessa Cruz, LCPC, CCTP