by Bhanu Joy Harrison, LCSW, SEP
Have you ever been in a car accident, had a difficult medical procedure or diagnosis, lost a loved one, or experienced abuse? Being human, it is hard to avoid traumatic experiences in our lives. The challenge with trauma is that the past permeates our present and future and it is difficult to move forward with our lives.
While most of us have had a least one of these traumatic events, not everyone has a PTSD diagnosis. Why is that?
According to Peter Levine, PhD, creator of the Somatic Experiencing approach to healing trauma, trauma is not in the specific event, rather trauma is in our nervous system, and is a biological response to an overwhelming experience.
Having worked with trauma over the last two decades, I have found that educating individuals about the dysregulating impact of trauma on the nervous system is profoundly helpful. When we understand our own nervous system hardware in the body, we can see the impact trauma has on our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and pain responses.
Mindfulness practices can be challenging for people with trauma, as directing attention towards the body can occasionally trigger PTSD memories. My classes offer a gentle approach to “coming home to your body” that can facilitate the process of greater self regulation and trauma resolution.
Bhanu’s classes provide a lot of information in a very accessible format. Learning about my own nervous system and how I can gently regulate myself has been life changing! Everyone should take these classes! J.H., ABQ
Mindfulness Meets Trauma – The Power to Shift
March 6- March 27, 6-8 pm $180/person (see website for discounts)
Managing Chronic Pain with Mindfulness
March 16- April 6, 10 am – 12 noon: $180/person (see website for discounts)