In my work with clients recovering from significant traumatic experiences, I often refer back to a short book by Peter Levine called “Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body.” This book carries simple exercises on how to re-attune a nervous system that has been dysregulated by trauma. The main take-away for me from this book and current research is that one does not have to access, unpack and process traumatic memories (as done in most traditional talk therapies) in order to heal. Significant change for some individuals can also take place by focusing on understanding one’s symptoms skillfully and then learning to regulate one’s emotional responses using present-focused techniques.

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