Archive for July 24, 2011

Releasing Physical Manifestations of Childhood Trauma Through Mind-Body Therapy

My psychological mentor, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, first drew my attention by saying that change doesn’t happen unless it happens in the body. As a yoga teacher, I knew this was true. That’s when I began to study Focusing with him. Focusing, as you know, is a sort of inner yoga.

One of the physical ways of releasing trauma held in the body is described below by guest blogger Ramona Ng. Here is what she has to say about her approach to the body. Read more

When Children Try to Tell

I’ve asked author Jane Rowan to join me in exploring some issues surrounding child sexual abuse. Jane’s book The River of Forgetting tells her story of painfully accessing her history of child sexual abuse and healing through a therapeutic relationship with a gifted helping professional. Jane chose Authentic Movement, art and journaling to help her heal.

My memoir, Confessions of a Trauma Therapist is, as you know, my account of how my lost memories surfaced and how I healed through yoga, Focusing, psychotherapy and journaling.

Our books are complementary. Two different stories of two women who became outwardly successful in spite of the depression and anxiety they suffered inside.

Telling is a subject that intrigues me. Why is it so terrifying to tell the secret we’ve carried for so long and that we kept secret even from ourselves. Where does all this fear originate? What happened in childhood when we tried to tell? Read more

How Writing a Book Helped Sarah Recover From Dissociative Identity Disorder

I asked Sarah Olson to be my guest blogger. Sarah, like me, has chosen to write a book in order to share with others her story of childhood trauma.

Sarah’s form of dissociation was particularly severe.

A child’s brain does whatever is necessary to survive trauma. First lines of defense are daydreaming, numbing, forgetting, going dead inside or floating out of body while looking down at “another child” being abused. When all these strategies are insufficient, the child’s brain creates “other children” to suffer the abuse. The “self” remains unaffected. All the bad stuff happens to others, known as “alters.” As new, intolerable abuses occur, more parts split off to form more alters.

Here then, is Sarah Olson’s message: Read more

Guest Blogger Shares How it Feels When the “Self” Splits

I’ve asked a number of writers to provide us with guest blog entries over the next few weeks. I hope you find their fresh perspectives useful in guiding you along your own healing path or that of a loved one.

Guest blogger Sharon shares with us an insider’s experience of suffering from childhood trauma that was severe enough to cause her to survive by splitting off parts of herself into “alters.” Sharon, or Shen as she is known, is one of us women survivors of childhood trauma who chooses to write about her experience to educate and help others. Here is how Shen describes her recent integration:

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