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This recording came from the 2012 Brief Therapy Conference. The incidence of persistent and chronic pain conditions have become a public health crisis with more people suffering from chronic pain than from diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. The cost of suffering (human and financial) is huge and in part results from the fact that pain is so complex—ranging far beyond the intersection of neural transmission and sensory experience. The puzzle of pain involves a complicated labyrinth of emotions, sensations, culture, individual experience, genetics, spiritual meaning, as well as habitual physiological reactions.
This seminar recording presents both the art and science of working with the resources of the body to reverse the effects of physical, emotional, and trauma related pain. From our many years of experience, we have found that the one factor that has not been sufficiently considered in the war on pain is the role of unresolved trauma that is held in the body. We will present a multi-level approach to the treatment of pain and trauma including: ways to work with trauma that may have caused the pain through accident, injury, disease or other overwhelming events; discovering how persistent emotional and physical pain become traumatizing in and of themselves; working with unresolved trauma that predates the pain condition that becomes triggered by the current pain problem; exploring how early childhood trauma, perinatal stress, and attachment trauma become barriers to healing and how to help resolve these residual patterns. We will demonstrate skills of emotional and sensate self-regulation, body awareness, work with pendulum rhythms, somatic resourcing, expansion of innate resilience, and how to recognize and break free of the posttraumatic pain trap. You will also learn strategies for dealing effectively with dissociation; anxiety, fear, and panic; helplessness and hopelessness; and anger, rage, and irritability that are often associated with pain. Opportunity to consult with us about specific pain conditions including fibromyalgia, migraines, chronic regional pain, and back, neck and shoulder pain will also be provided.
Identify 5 types of trauma involved in the treatment of pain
Practice two self-regulation skills that can help with physical, emotional, and trauma-related pain
Practice two techniques to work with various reactions related to fight, flight, and freeze responses that maintain chronic pain
Practice two strategies to shift bracing and constriction patterns in the body that contribute to pain
Demonstrate how unresolved past trauma can be released to reset the nervous system and heal pain
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Peter Levine, Ph.D., is a therapist, author, and educator who specializes in the treatment and understanding of chronic stress and tonic immobility, more commonly known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Levine is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (a body awareness approach to the treatment of trauma) and founder of the non-profit educational and research organization The Somatic Experiencing Training Institute (formerly known as The Foundation for Human Enrichment), dedicated to the worldwide healing and prevention of trauma. He is also an author of numerous books about trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, including In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and the New York Times best seller Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma.
Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., lives and works as a clinical psychologist in the Oakland Hills above the San Francisco Bay. As the author of numerous papers and articles on trauma, dissociation, ego-state therapy, hypnosis, and mind-body healing, she specializes in the treatment of traumatic stress and pain disorders. Dr. Phillips is author of Reversing Chronic Pain, Finding the Energy to Heal, Healing the Divided Self, and Body-Focused Therapy Can Help Restore Mind-Body Health.
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