Just thinking about the New Year. How many out there are looking forward to a new start? How many are convinced next year is going to be just as bad as last year? How many will try and turn over a new leaf and fail at the first attempt? Personally I've been through all those scenarios! Like many things in life the New Year is exactly what it is - a chronological new year, nothing more nothing less. The key is how you engage with it and what you are prepared to do to make it a year that works for you. I encourage everyone to work with what you've got and see how it goes. Every journey begins (as you know) with that first step!
I originally trained in this discipline in 2011 and I am about to go to Edinburgh for a three day refresher. I'm really looking forward to doing some truly embodied training with the wonderful Ruella Frank and I will be fascinated to see whether she has developed and expanded her original idea. I imagine she has and I will find out shortly. Watch this space - as they say !
Just got back from Lovely Southend where I met my long standing process group. Obviously I can't discuss what we said or did but I came away with a sense of just how enduring Traumas that are based around early experience can be. Those early years are absolutely vital and if you don't get sufficient love, nurturing or sense of self agency then you got plenty of adaptations needed to feel OK about yourself. For those who survive there is the ability to empathise with those who suffer in a way that
no-one else seemingly can and, in my case, a potential career opportunity but would I rather have had a nurturing, loving upbringing? You bet I would !
Am grateful for the responses to my first blog. Made me think about what I'm actually trying to achieve here. "Awareness is the only goal in therapy" - is a quote which resonated with me years ago and this is where I'm coming from. If I can increase awareness of the subject of trauma and the many different ways of looking at it, treating it and engaging with it then I will think I have done an OK job. My subjective, lived experience of trauma has led me down the path of understanding embodiment and the undefinable resonances that exist ( and can be disowned) between people and how an attunement to that resonance can produce healing so in many ways that's where my default setting is. Having said that I am beginning to see links between my subjective experience and some of the more theoretical, scientific or intellectual approaches that exist - or are emerging. One thing I know for certain is I am not and never will be an expert - for me the expert is always the relationship.
Welcome to my Blog. I'm quite new to this so it may take a while before everything looks fabulous. Basically I will be keeping you up to date with what's happening in my world of trauma and readjustment. I welcome any comments or suggestions from others also. Trauma is a massive subject area that no one person can really grasp fully. Ultimately it will be a subjective viewpoint but I will try and keep as wide a perspective as I possibly can.