We know that trauma profoundly affects our body. In ‘Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation’ we looked at how trauma greatly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and some autoimmune disorders. We looked at body memories and how our experience of pain is influenced by our psychological state. But what about the flip side of all of that? How does the state of our body influence our mind and emotions?
That’s what I look at in this course. I delve into some cutting-edge research and thinking about how our mental health – things like our mood, our emotions, even our compulsions – are at least in part driven by our physiology. We look at how the bacteria in our gut may influence our mental state; how depression and anxiety may be generated by inflammation and our immune system; how our hormones impact how we feel and act; and how even what time we get up on a morning can set the course of our emotions throughout the day. We look at how sleep – a certain amount of it, and a certain type of it – is essential for recovery from trauma, and how and why trauma leads to parasomnias such as nightmares and sleepwalking. And lots more!
We all know instinctively that our bodies influence our brains, and our brains influence our bodies, but we don’t always know why. That’s what is unpacked in this course, to see if, in our fight against trauma, there are other tools and strategies that we can use, on top of our standard talking therapies approaches. This course is rooted in a combination of the latest research alongside my own journey: from years battling chronic fatigue syndrome and DID to vastly improved health, both physically and mentally.
At the end of this course, my goal is that we’ll all have a much clearer idea of what we can do to help both ourselves and our clients be in the best shape possible, both mentally and physically, so that recovery from trauma isn’t just a pipe-dream, but a solid plan.
The speaker is Carolyn Spring.
6 hours of CPD with certificate available on completion.
Lifetime access, so start, stop and repeat the course as often as you like. Materials can be streamed or downloaded.