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Plant growing through crack in the pavement

THE CRACK IS WHERE THE LIGHT COMES IN

Yes, Trauma is truly a painful human experience that impacts the survivor in Mental, Physical, and Spiritual in profound ways. I have been concerned that the therapeutic arena has some things backwards.

Find out more in this video, where Steve Sawyer gives a brief talk on trauma transformations.

When a client comes in for therapeutic support, I often have pondered “What brings them to this seat”? Yes, the most common element is some form of suffering in their life, it has gotten painful enough that they seek relief. But what brought them to that chair is a fundamental strength that believes they are healable, capable of better, or the belief that being limited by their history is not an option they will settle into.

Here deep within is the bubbling well of Resilience, and even optimism. That things will be different.

The more profound the trauma, more times it has occurred, if even for a lifetime…the stronger the current of resilience. They have not given up hope, they have not subscribed to pity, they have not collapsed. There lurks a strength that was “Unbreakable” “In-extinguishable”. This is where the fire of resilience resides.

A DEEPER PRACTICAL LOOK AT TRAUMA

TRAUMA 101

Steve teachings on Trauma look through the lense of mammal stress response. He stretches these discussions far beyond the standard 3 F's by using a combination of story and Heart Rate Variation results that tell a story by a picture beyond 1000 words.

DEVELOPMENTALTRAUMA

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One of Steve's biggest passions is education on DT. The research is conclusive around the unique attributes of DT vs PTSD. Steve pioneered the Developmental Trauma focused Model of Brainspotting which is highly comprehensive and well recognized.

Steve's Presentations on Shame are well regarded. As Carl Yung stated "Shame is a should eating emotion". This presentation utilizes Heart Rate Variation test to show a picture of how paralyzing Shame is to the nervous system is. In addition Steve maps out how Care givers are the primary catalyst to Shame Development.

Shame - the land between living & dying

RESILIENCE

AND POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH

Ernest Hemingway stated "We are all broken, That is where the light gets in". This is the raw grounds of birthing Post Traumatic Growth. We are wired to heal and strength when challenged to a place of stretching and this untold story of trauma is where the balance of life can be found. 

Flower coming through a crack in the pavement

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

C.S. Lewis

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