My practice focus as a psychotherapist is helping improve the flow of your nervous system (which can go wonky with trauma). What does "effective therapy" look like?
Understanding how your nervous system works is at the heart of effective therapy. "Arousal” or emotional intensity is the “life blood” of your nervous system. You have a window of tolerance where nervous system energy flows optimally. Good mental health is having a “wide window of tolerance” meaning you can experience strong emotions like fear or anger and also maintain access to what is called executive function or response flexibility. (Heidi calls having a wide window of tolerance having "big wide swimming pool," where the goal with sessions is increased resilience and when you go into a trauma memory it is more like a thimbleful of water splashing in as opposed to a tsunami.)
If you’ve had moments of extreme overwhelm or trauma, your ability to keep a wide window of tolerance becomes compromised. Triggers can cause a person to go above their window into hyperarousal (anxiety, mania) or go below the window into hypoarousal (depression, numbness, dissociation).
Somatic Experiencing helps restore and strengthen this flow. No matter where you find your system today, applying certain brain science principles will bring your body and mind into more balance. The key is what's called "integration," where you are separating (differentiating) then linking systems: feelings, imagination, sensation awareness, memory, your narrative, and so much more.
Final and MOST IMPORTANT POINT: Kindness combined with science gives the optimal results to improve nervous system flow.
Heidi Crockett is trained and licensed in bodywork and psychotherapy. She has a post-graduate certificate in sexual health (and working with couples) from the University of Michigan and dual AASECT-certification in sex therapy and sexuality education. She is an interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB/relational neuroscience) expert, instructor, and author of two IPNB books. Her practice focus is the science of neuroplasticity and memory integration combined with kindness for maximum effect.
For a link to an excellent lecture she gave about the science of trauma and healing the brain, as well as further bio visit: https://greenlightheidi.com/about_me/
PS. She specializes in Somatic Experiencing-focused support groups and usually has one getting ready to form, contact HeidiCrockett@gmail.com for more information