Here are some therapy techniques that you may or may not have heard of that may be of benefit to you, or someone you love.
In the book Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions,psychologist James Pennebaker wrote about the multiple research studies he has done on the transformative power of writing.
He discovered that people who use writing to make sense of their traumatic life experiences felt happier and less anxious. Through the studies, Pennebaker found that those who made meaning out of their difficulty or gained insight from writing were healthier than those who simply wrote about the details of their day.
Dogs and horses are used for many therapy purposes and trauma is no exception.
This Rutgers University Presentation on Animal Assisted Therapy for Trauma Survivors
Peaceful Hearts Ranch
Shea Phinny MFT
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
” the therapist leads a patient in a series of lateral eye movements while the patient simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory. The left – right eye movements in EMDR are a form of “bilateral stimulation.” Other forms of bilateral stimulation used by EMDR therapists include alternating bilateral sound using headphones and alternating tactile simulation using a handheld device that vibrates or taps to the back of the patient’s hands.”