An exciting new research study was just published by a collaboration of scientists that has identified a 10 day window of time that exists immediately after a traumatic event before significant neuron and synaptic changes happen that can turn a single trauma into an event that can alter a lifetime and potentially even lead to… Read More »
Signs of Vicarious Trauma
According to the American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network, if you as a practitioner find yourself doing the following, you should consider that VT is involved:
You avoid talking or thinking about what the trauma effected client(s) have been talking about, almost being numb to it.
You are in a persistently aroused state; e.g. you: find yourself losing sleep over clients, worry that you are not doing enough for your client(s), find yourself being jumpy and easily startled, are more easily irritated and/or angered, dreaming about your client’s traumatic experiences, having intrusive thoughts about your clients when not at work, feeling less satisfaction and less hope with your work.
Somatic Trauma Educator Suzanne Fageol and Dr. Craig Weiner, DC and EFT trainer/trauma educator offer this 60 minute presentation exploring how negative things from the past often affect a person’s lifetime and offer insight into healing a traumatic past. They explore a beginning look into the neurobiology of trauma, how negative experiences literally become wired… Read More »
I think of the amygdala as a satellite dish that is never turned off and receives emotional and sensory information which it then processes and passes along to get stored in our cortex. I think of my amygdala as my security camera, that act as an early warning system in the middle of my head, working to keep me safe from harm.
Personally I have known about and written about the ACE studies (link) for many years, but it was not until recently when I was asked to be interviewed for the upcoming Tapping for Weight Loss film documentary with John Gabriel and Carol Look that I discovered the most interesting aspect of the back-story that makes this paradigm-changing study so remarkable.
After 22 years as a chiropractor, I have no doubt that most of my patients’ symptoms have their origins in more than just the obvious physical causes. There is nearly always more involved than a patient having “slept wrong” or “moved the wrong way.”
Every day I take patient histories, I’m told what they think caused their headache or sciatic pain. When I inquire deeper, I will often uncover a significantly stressful event that occurred prior to the onset of their pain.