Trail Notes

Stuck! Unravelling the unconscious memory

© The Trauma Initiative Often people who have had overwhelming experiences—from a car accident to years of physical abuse—are given the advice to “move on.” Or, if the trauma occurred when young, they are told: “you were too young to remember.” While these statements are well-intentioned, they lack an understanding of how trauma works. People … Continue reading Stuck! Unravelling the unconscious memory

Stress: Look to the adrenals / kidneys for healing

© The Trauma Initiative Dr. Peter Levine was the first person to truly understand the stress response and its impact on humans. His exploration of predator-prey relationships in the animal kingdom gave rise to his recognition that humans share similar responses to threats. In the 1970’s, Levine asked the question, “Why do animals in the … Continue reading Stress: Look to the adrenals / kidneys for healing

Safety: The antidote to “bad” behaviour

Many adoptive and foster caregivers find themselves confronted with behaviours that impact daily life—not being able to get out of bed in the morning, throwing things, hoarding food, violence and abuse, sexually acting out, emotionally short-fused, or flat-lined. It is no surprise caregivers seek out mental health professionals to "fix" the behaviours. Psychotherapist and co-author … Continue reading Safety: The antidote to “bad” behaviour

Untangling PTSD and Complex PTSD

© The Trauma Initiative The word “trauma” is often misunderstood. Normally when we think about the victims of trauma, our minds jump to those who’ve been in affected by extremely negative events – such as terror or racial attacks, sexual and physical abuse, car accidents, natural catastrophes, or warfare. But Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and … Continue reading Untangling PTSD and Complex PTSD