Trauma and the body: somatisation and dissociation
Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind and the emotions. It profoundly affects the brain and the body too. Often ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot.
Why is it that so many trauma survivors not only suffer from ‘psychological’ disorders such as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) but also from a whole raft of physical issues - chronic pain; frequent or recurrent infections; autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME), fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis; and difficulty in both connecting with the body and living healthily? The body is both the medium through which often the original trauma was enacted, and the source of ongoing suffering and self-hatred.
This training day will explore why, to the best of current scientific knowledge, this happens, and most importantly, what can be done about it. We’ll be looking at the impact of trauma on the body, and how it seems that the body can also be a key to unlocking the psychological issues of trauma.
Find out more here: www.pods-online.org.uk/training
About the host
The training day is run by PODS, a sister project of START Counselling and a leading provider of CPD training on trauma, dissociation, sexual abuse and attachment. We run around 20 training days a year, throughout England, all of them led by Carolyn Spring, Director of PODS and author of Recovery is my best revenge.