Trauma Healing Beyond the Mainstream: The Efficacy of Embodied ProcessingOct 17, 2023
In the context of trauma healing, there is a common assumption that professionals with degrees or tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Psychiatry, Counselling, and Social Work possess the necessary expertise.
However, a closer examination reveals a different reality. Exposure to trauma-related training during their years of education is minimal, with psychologists receiving approximately 1.5 hours of training over six years, and psychiatrists receiving just 2 hours over eleven years.
This approach to trauma healing is widely considered outdated, with a primary focus on recognizing symptoms and making diagnoses, often resulting in the categorization of individuals with 'disorders.'
Medication is frequently prescribed to alleviate these symptoms, with minimal attention given to addressing the underlying core of the trauma or its impact on the nervous system.
Dr. Gabor Mate, a prominent figure in the field of trauma highlights that in the USA, Psychiatrists receive a mere 2 hours of trauma training, a surprisingly limited amount given the significance of the subject matter. Their education predominantly centres on diagnosis and symptom management. Dr. Gabor critically observes that their claim to being evidence-based does not align with their practices.
This is where Embodied Processing distinguishes itself delving deeply into trauma, understanding its impact on the nervous system, and how to resolve it, safely and gently using somatic methods (which involve working with the body, where trauma is stored, rather than focusing solely on the mind).
In cases where symptoms result from a dysregulated nervous system and unresolved traumas (closely resembling those of various mental health disorders), genuine recovery and relief can be achieved through the training and practices of Embodied Processing.
Embodied Processing practitioners are equipped with powerful techniques to facilitate their clients' safe journey of healing from trauma, while repairing the nervous system and building resilience. It's not merely about symptom management; it's about addressing the root cause of trauma and providing lasting healing.
Our findings indicate that titles and credentials do not necessarily equate to expertise in trauma healing. Individuals with impressive degrees often lack the essential knowledge to effectively address trauma, potentially prolonging treatment or leaving individuals feeling hopeless and irreparably damaged.
The Embodied Processing approach significantly surpasses the mainstream system by providing practitioners with over 200 hours of training (which is continuously expanding) and a comprehensive toolkit to guide clients toward genuine recovery.
For those ready for true trauma healing and authentic recovery, whether for themselves or their clients, we recommend exploring Embodied Processing.
It is time to advance the field and offer the support necessary for individuals to heal and flourish. Let us bid farewell to antiquated methodologies and collectively work towards making trauma healing more effective, compassionate, and a condition we can move out of safely and genuinely recover from.
This article is based on responses made by Matt Kay in the Embodied Processing student community group. Matt is a Somatic Based Psychotherapist, Holistic AOD Counsellor and the Co-Founder and Trainer of Embodied Processing - “The Bottom Up Approach to Healing Trauma and Nervous System Dysregulation”.
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