Trauma Dynamics: Treatment for Complex PTSD

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Trauma Dynamics is a therapy method for treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD results from an unresolved experience that was or felt life threatening. Simple PTSD results from a single incident, such as a car accident, assault, fire, or natural disaster. Complex PTSD results from repeated or ongoing incidents, such as childhood abuse, multiple combat deployments, or captivity. The reason for the distinction is that the impact of traum...
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The Shattered Experience: Trauma Memories

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC Why is it that, when someone experiences post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they keep reliving the traumatic incident? The answer is complex, but there is a simple way to understand it using the metaphor of a book in a library. When we are faced with a threatening situation, our autonomic nervous system (ANS) jumps to our defense, sending out a cascade of neurochemicals designed to ignite life-saving behaviors (see a more comprehensive explanation of this...
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Where are You on the Trauma Map?

By Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC What happens in your body when you are faced with a threat? And, more importantly, what happens afterwards? The Trauma Map, first developed by Peter Levine and modified by Eric Wolterstorff at Trauma Dynamics, can help explain the process. In this model, there are five stages of experience, 0-4. These stages represent the reactions of a threat response system, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), headquartered in the most primitive part of the brain of all mamma...
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