Working with trauma is difficult and complex and many trauma survivors find themselves stuck, sometimes for years, trying to resolve the hold their traumatic past has on their lives. In therapy they can find it hard to make progress, feeling that the nearer they get to their trauma, the more dysregulated they become. It can feel like a downward spiral of powerlessness, helplessness and despair to resolve the powerlessness, helplessness and despair that is intrinsic to so much of their traumatic experience.
- Why is this?
- Why does working with trauma so often seem to exacerbate the symptoms of trauma, which in turn keeps us stuck in the trauma?
- What can we do differently?
- Why is ‘stuckness’ such a common phenomenon, especially when it comes to complex trauma, and what are the neurobiological hallmarks of this?
- How might stuckness actually be a survival response, and our best attempt to survive?
In this second webinar of the series ‘Working with Trauma’, Carolyn Spring will explore stuckness from a variety of angles: neurobiological shutdown, shame, powerlessness, freeze, the red zone, and learned helplessness, amongst others. What can we do to get ‘unstuck’ and how can we do it in such a way that it doesn’t propel us into chaos and distress? How can we resolve the symptoms of trauma when they’ve become deeply embedded, and what is it exactly that we’re trying to resolve?
This webinar will consist of a one-hour, content-packed presentation followed by a subsequent optional Q&A video answering questions from the audience. There will also be numerous other resources, including psychoeducational posters etc to use with clients, lifetime access, full transcript and MP3 audio for future reference, and a CPD certificate.
The webinar is available on-demand.