March 2, 2021

WHAT IS TRAUMA AND WHY DOESN’T TALKING ABOUT IT HELP?

By Oliver Armstrong
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When a person experiences something traumatic, neurochemicals cause fragments from our senses (visual images, smells, sounds, tastes, or touch) to be stored in the emotional regions of the brain, but rather than being stored as a ‘movie’ in the mind, it is basically broken up ‘snapshots’, or pieces, which make up the overall traumatic memory.
Consequently, after trauma occurs, the brain can be easily triggered by any sensory input. For example hearing a song on the radio that was playing at the time of a car accident, or seeing a lit candle after experiencing severe burns from a fire, could trigger the recall of a traumatic memory, causing the person to feel as though they were back in it, re-traumatising all over again.
Another issue is that the fragments from the senses can get misinterpreted and the brain loses its ability to differentiate between what is threatening and what is normal.
It doesn’t help that when the body goes into fight, flight, freeze (survival) mode, it can shut down the higher reasoning, rational areas of the brain; the part where consciousness lives, causing the brain to become overwhelmed with internal chaos, resulting in the stress of the trauma becoming profoundly imprinted.
Neuroscience has shown that the frontal regions of the brain have limited ability to change the deeper parts of the brain, especially when the body is in a trauma response - And this is a key reason why traditional talk therapies, like counselling and psychology, have limited success with trauma resolution.
Talk therapy really only works when the brain is online and functioning, but when the rational part of the brain is offline, from being consumed by the traumatic memory, people actually may not hear a therapists words of reasoning, or be able to make meaning of the events or experiences. So instead of resolving the trauma, the person talks about it and constantly re-experiences the unwanted/painful emotions over and over again, essentially making the trauma even worse.
When the deeper parts are replaying the traumatic memory in the mind, the entire body is ‘back in that traumatic event’, as though it were happening as terrifyingly, or horrifically as the first time. This unfortunately reinforces and compounds the emotions and trauma as a whole.
My conversational Hypnotherapy approach involves guiding the deeper parts of the brain to bring significant fragments of a traumatic memory into consciousness, and once this occurs your own logic and reasoning can be used to resolve the trauma - and it happens very quickly, sometimes in as little as ten to fifteen minutes!
YOUR brain ‘created’ the traumatic response and YOUR brain is the only one who can resolve it, but it needs to be shown how to do so safely WITHOUT re-traumatising, and that is what my Conversational Hypnotherapy approach does.
If you would like me to provide you with a customised strategy for resolving your past trauma(s), book a free phone consultation with me now - https://oliverarmstrongtherapy.com/freecall

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