TRAUMA MEMORY


Our communities are tormented by trauma, traumatic experiences, inter- and intra-generational trauma (trauma transferred from one generation to another generation, between family generations). Violent deaths, violence, highjacking, drug abuse, sexual abuse and so many other abuses are possible indicators of intra- and inter-generational trauma. In this way trauma repeats itself. The trauma that victims undergo is inexplicable. By resolving trauma in the lives of victims we can break the cycle of generational trauma and the effects of trauma in the lives of victims.

We need to distinct clearly what trauma debriefing is from what trauma psychotherapy is. Trauma debriefing has little or no effect on PTSD and will not prevent an individual from developing PTSD/C-PTSD (Trauma) after a traumatic experience. Debriefing can actually re-traumatise a person.

Trauma memory is a recall of a personal experience during a traumatic event. It exists in very high distressful, fragmented psychological and physiological states, which can be re-activated by any associative or similar event, or even lesser event. It cannot be retrieved by explicit memory due to the repressive and dissociative nature of how we encode such memories. Traumatic memories are nonverbal, exists in isolation as highly sensory, motor and emotional fragments of the original event and is stored in our bodies (our bodies remember).

In psychotherapy and especially in the SE-community we tritrate, renegotiate and integrate the traumatic experience - bringing the separated/fragmented parts of the biological senses together and reintegrate it into wholeness. Remember that traumatic memory is fragmented and the body remembers (freezes) the fragmented sensory pieces of a traumatic experience. Some people are more resilient to trauma than others. It is also true that what may seem to be resiliency could be an indication of dissociation (freeze response - traumatic response).

Somatic Experience (SE) in trauma work and interventions is a tool/approach that is less invasive and less intrusive by tritrating the intervention and allowing the client to find own resources to unshackle a traumatic experience in a naturalistic way through the bodily senses. Through SE the biological Flight-Fight-Freeze response is restored.