- How is Self Regulation Therapy (SRT) different than other conventional therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
SRT works with the part of the brain where trauma is stored: in the Subconscious or Limbic System, which is at the base of the skull on the back of the head. CBT works with the frontal lobes on the top, front of the brain where we do our thinking. To heal from trauma and return to your “old, regulated self”, you have to work with the part of the brain where trauma is stored.
- How do you “heal” rather than just manage symptoms?
In essence, “comfort is what heals us.” When doing SRT, I guide my clients in building the “healing side of the nervous system”, so that their body gets the message that it is safe. Only when the body knows it is safe will it release built up adrenalin (like all other mammals) restoring better regulation and balance to the nervous system. The therapy actually puts the body and mind into a state where it can naturally heal. Nerve cells that have been damaged in the past also heal, bringing a reduction in pain symptoms and chronic pain, as well as other physical and mental symptoms of having too much stress/adrenalin in the body.
- Do you ONLY use SRT?
If symptoms are related to trauma and stress/adrenalin, I use SRT. If the symptoms are due to cognitive distortions (distorted ways of thinking that build our depressive and anxious symptoms even more), then I use CBT. I usually a mix of SRT, CBT, and Solution Focused Techniques. Crisis Theory is also used for situations where various types of abuse are being experienced.
- Is SRT ever contra-indicated?
No, however, some people have very little body awareness (usually because of very early trauma) and may find it difficult to participate in SRT. Body awareness can be learned, and SRT can be a possibility for these individuals. In cases of extreme stress or trauma where clients are extremely dissociative, therapy and healing are possible, but will need a longer commitment to the therapy process.
- What can I expect after a session of SRT?
Generally, a sense of well-being, relief, and even joy can be expected after a session as your nervous system regulates itself after discharging adrenalin. Typically, an increased sense of coping is experienced. Occasionally, there can be an increase in pain, though this doesn’t last very long as your nervous system gets used to releasing built up adrenalin.
- How long will it take before I am feeling better?
You will likely feel better from the start. How “full” your nervous system is with adrenalin is a better predictor of how long therapy will take. Different types of trauma fill up the nervous system faster than others, so this will also affect how long therapy will be.
- What are the different types of trauma?
- High Impact Trauma: includes Motor Vehicle Accidents, crashes, tumbles/falls, where broken bones, whiplash, or stitches may have resulted.
- Medical/Dental trauma: includes surgeries, intubation, scopes, dental extractions, root canals.
- Inescapable attack type trauma: includes physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, kidnapping, being held hostage, possibly incarceration, living in war zones or emotionally toxic environments.
- Globally activating Trauma: includes electrocutions, suffocations, near drownings, poisonings, birth trauma, bad drug interactions, near death experiences, psychosis.
- What successes have you witnessed from using SRT?
Besides seeing depression, anxiety and even Borderline Personality Disorder improve, I have seen clients with +20 years of chronic pain, and after 2-3 months therapy, out seeking full time employment; or other clients who improved to the point where they no longer required back surgery. Other conditions treated successfully include Conversion Disorder, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With SRT, I have seen diabetic neuropathy improve, blood sugars and blood pressure decrease. I have witnessed migraines disappear. SRT can also be used to shrink tumours, although I have not had an opportunity to help facilitate this myself. By releasing built up adrenalin from the nervous system that dysregulates us and makes us symptomatic, better regulation results and symptoms decrease.