Trauma transforms our nervous system away from connection towards protection. We assume others mean harm, and from this defensive position we fail to see when people might be reaching out with the open hand of friendship.
But there is the hope of change. With the right help, we can heal the wounds of our trauma, and learn how to connect again. Many therapists now use what is called Polyvagal Theory, an approach to trauma introduced by neuroscientist Dr Stephen Porges. Polyvagal Theory helps us to understand our nervous system, helping us to see that our bodily responses are understandable, given the trauma we have experienced. With this understanding, we can learn to befriend our nervous system, and from there we can better regulate ourselves. In turn, we can even help to regulate others.
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Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist in Ridgewood (NJ), and author of Beyond the Blue
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