How to Work with Traumatic Memory That Is Embedded in the Nervous System

Long after danger has passed, the nervous system may still remember trauma. . .

. . . which can leave clients feeling hypervigilant, dissociative, or numb for years to come.

So to help clients heal, we need to understand what makes traumatic memory so overwhelming, and the most effective ways to work with it.

Not only that, we need strategies so clients can “unlearn” the nervous system’s response to trauma.

That’s why we created a course that focuses solely on how to work with traumatic memories that get embedded in the nervous system.

Three of the world’s top experts will share how they treat clients who have experienced trauma. This new program brings together their sharpest strategies for working with traumatic memory.

Expert Strategies for Working with Traumatic Memory

How Trauma Affects the Four Types of Memory

Peter Levine, PhD     Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • The Core Problem with Focusing on a Client’s Traumatic History
  • How Trauma Disrupts a Client’s Ability to Make Meaning from an Experience
  • The Specific Type of Memory That Trauma Can Shut Down (That Robs Our Clients of a Sense of Purpose and Direction)

How the Nervous System Gets Tricked into Thinking Trauma Is Happening in the Present

Bessel van der Kolk, MD     Peter Levine, PhD
  • How to Avoid Triggering a Client’s Reactive or Protective Response When Working with Trauma
  • The One Key Factor That Can Make Traumatic Memory Overwhelming (and How to Work with It)
  • How Trauma Derails the Time-Keeping Part of the Brain (and One Way to Bring It Back)
  • What Can Go Wrong When We’re Helping a Client Come Out of a Dissociated State

How Trauma Can Affect Procedural Memory and Create Maladaptive Patterns

Bessel van der Kolk, MD     Pat Ogden, PhD     Peter Levine, PhD
  • How to Release Procedural Memory That Gets Corrupted and Reestablished as Painful Physical Patterns
  • Why Procedural Memories Can Be Challenging for Our Clients to Work With
  • What to Do When There’s a Procedural Pattern in a Client’s Thoughts

What Can Happen When a Procedural Memory Becomes “Stuck”

Peter Levine, PhD     Pat Ogden, PhD
  • Two Ways to Approach Procedural Memory That Gets Expressed Through the Body
  • Case Study: Working with a Symptom When There’s No Memory of Trauma
  • How to Work with Traumatic Memory That Forms at a Preverbal Level

Four Strategies to Help Clients Tolerate and Integrate Traumatic Memory

Pat Ogden, PhD     Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • How to Help Clients “Unlearn” Their Nervous System’s Response to Trauma
  • How to Build Up Inner Resources to Prevent Overstimulation and Shutdown
  • How to Uncover “Survival Resources” and Transform a Traumatic Memory
  • How to Help Clients Change Their Orienting Habits to Calm the Nervous System

Critical Insights on How to Work with Traumatic Memory

Ron Siegel, PsyD     Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
  • How to Help Clients Learn to Differentiate Between the Past and the Present
  • How to Help Clients Create a “Grounding Kit” to Soothe the Flashback Experience and Bring Them Into the Present Moment
  • Case Study: When a Flashback Is a Form of Self-Punishment

Key Concrete Practices for Addressing Trauma Memories

Joan Borysenko, PhD     Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
  • How to Regenerate the Hippocampus to Help Clients Repair Memory after Trauma
  • Two Techniques to Help Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma Reorient to a Hopeful Future
  • Making Meaning Out of Trauma: A Case Study

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