Integrative Psychotherapy and Nutrition Counseling

Supporting Your Innate Wisdom To Heal

3500 E. 17th Ave, Suite #2
Denver, Colorado 80206
(303) 359-9292

Trauma

“Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied,                   misunderstood and untreated cause of suffering.”                 — Peter Levine

Trauma is a common occurrence and can result from:

  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Violence or crime
  • Major health conditions
  • Medical or Dental procedures
  • Military and war experiences

  • Auto accidents
  • Sexual abuse
  • Abusive relationships
  • Physical Abuse
  • Loss and grief
  • Adoption

  • Falls
  • Rape
  • Oppression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional and Verbal Abuse

“Trauma is not in the event itself; rather, trauma resides in the nervous system.” — Peter Levine

Why is it important to bring the nervous system back into regulation?

(think Goldilocks)

  • Too much Dysregulation= Anxiety, Anger, Paranoia, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors, Panic Attacks, Insomnia, Mania, and Hypervigilance.
  • “Just right” = Calm, Energized, Balanced, Embodied, Playful, and Empowered = Regulated Nervous System.
  • Not enough Regulation= Fatigue, Depression, Lethargy, and Lack of Motivation.

Trauma breaches a nervous system boundary by igniting a tremendous amount of energy (adrenaline) for survival. When this energy is not used up or released there is a tendency for the nervous system to become dysregulated. The body becomes stuck in time as it wants to experience completing a successful defensive response (fight or flight) to protect itself. When the nervous system is dysregulated it will often fluctuate between a painful cycle of “too much” and “not enough” (as  described above). When we assist the body in completing a successful defensive response it can often return the nervous system back to regulation or feeling “just right.”

“As we are unbound from the past, a future abundant with new possibilities unfolds. Our ability to be in the present expands, revealing the timeless essence of the ‘now.’” — Peter Levine


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(303) 359-9292