Self Regulation Therapy© (SRT) is a somatic body-centered modality that transmutes excess and incomplete blocked energies and feelings remaining in the nervous system following traumatic or overwhelming events, and chronic stress. Based on research of animals in the wild who instinctively know how ro release excessive fight or flight energy and regulate back to a state of balance and homeostasis, SRT is a safe and gentle way for your nervous system to do just that without re-experiencing the trauma.
Although every individual's experience of trauma or overwhelm is different, here are a few circumstances that can result in dysregulation:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical and dental procedures
- Abandonment, shaming, or bullying
- Natural disasters
- Falls and accidents
- Sudden loss
- Physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse or assault
- Overwhelming or bad drug trips or entheogenic experiences
What is Dysregulation?
Everyone's nervous system is designed to regulate or swing back and forth, from a state of relaxed alertness to high activation should we become threatened or overwhelmed. During a state of activation we are automatically driven by survival and our fight or flight instincts take over. Just like animals, this instinctive state produces large amounts of energy ensuring that we have enough to get through and survive. In fact, so much energy is produced that there is often excess. Under ideal circumstances the excess energy leaves our systems in several ways, including trembling, heat, or tingling as we regulate back to a balanced state. Should ideal circumstances not be present however, the excess energy may remain trapped in our nervous system causing dysregulation and difficulty getting through life's challenges with confidence or flexibility.
Symptoms of Dysregulation
- Feelings of separation or a loss of faith or connection to Spirit
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Difficulty modulating emotions
- Alcohol or drug misuse or dependency
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep difficulties
- Ear ringing, or sensitivity to sound or light
- Neck, back or jaw pain
- Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Difficulty with concentration or memory
- Excessive mind activation
What makes SRT different from other therapies?
Some therapies for trauma encourage the client to speak about the event, or re-tell the story. Because unresolved trauma is lodged on neural pathways in your nervous system, and your nervous system doesn't know the difference between real and imagined, re-telling a traumatic event can indeed deepen the event and therefore increase your symptoms. SRT is not a talk therapy, although we do discuss and track aspects of a trauma, as well as renegotiate the ideal resolution, if something feels very overwhelming, you do not need to speak about it. We can still do the work to help you to resolution and relieve your symtpoms.
What you can expect with SRT
During sessions you may experience trembling, heat, tingling, tears or laughter as your system releases excess activation in a safe and contained environment. After sessions you will likely experience feelings of hope and well-being. Because SRT helps return your nervous system to a state of balance, you will also notice an increase in your ability to experience joy and feelings of aliveness, increasing your capacity to copy with life stress.
For more information on SRT see the website for the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education:
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