Disconnection is part of many
post traumatic experiences
• from calm
Traumatic events jangle the nervous system, knock the breath out of people, and leave them in a state of high alert – disconnected from the capacity to calm and modulate their responses.
• from trust
After trauma, the disconnection from a sense of safety and from the ability to trust makes many people feel isolated; disconnected from other people.
Ruled by “flashes”. During an overwhelming experience, sounds, odors, visual and physical impacts may overload the nervous system and brain, and interfere with the brain’s usual recording, sorting and memory storage processes. Instead of creating and storing true memories that fade over time, random bits of the traumatic experience may be stored as indelible “flashes”.
• from present time
Whether a person has post traumatic stress from direct or secondary experience of trauma, experiencing a “flash” may trigger reactions that are disconnected from the reality of present time. Without intervention, these reactions often seem to have a life of their own.
creates safe space
• to slow down, breathe, be present
• to communicate with the body
• to suspend judging messages