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The Loss of Self in Trauma

Session 03 of 15Duration 14mins 32secs

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In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton investigates the loss of self in trauma, as it relates to the insula. Dr Sweeton explains how the “interoception center” of the brain becomes dysregulated after trauma, making it difficult to us to connect with ourselves and our bodies. She outlines the various symptoms associated with an underactive insula, highlighting the experience of dissociation, illustrated with a client example of this from her own practice.  We also learn simple ways to begin to reconnect with the body and self, re-regulating and rebuilding the insula. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.

Sessions in this Series

  1. 01

    Neuroscience of Trauma

    In this session, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton investigates the neuroscience of trauma. She outlines five key brain areas that are altered by traumatic experiences, these are; the amygdala, the insula, the hippocampus, the cingulate and the pre-frontal cortex. Dr Sweeton examines each of these area’s functions and their contribution to PTSD. She discusses how clients tend to find an explanation of what is happening in their brain helpful, as it normalises their experiences and gives hope for brain change that is possible after trauma. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  2. 02

    PTSD as a Memory Disorder

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton investigates PTSD as a memory disorder. She examines the role of the hippocampus, the brain’s “memory centre” in the development and experience of PTSD, and provides recommendations for strengthening this area of the brain. Dr Sweeton outlines what happens in the hippocampus both when it is functioning normally and in times of extreme stress and trauma. She explains how and why in times of extreme stress or trauma the hippocampus does not fully activate. Dr Sweeton illustrates how this may lead to a variety of hippocampal errors. These errors are linked to arousal symptoms, avoidance symptoms and re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD.  Dr Sweeton then offers us tips for neurogenesis of the hippocampus.
  3. 03

    The Loss of Self in Trauma

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton investigates the loss of self in trauma, as it relates to the insula. Dr Sweeton explains how the “interoception center” of the brain becomes dysregulated after trauma, making it difficult to us to connect with ourselves and our bodies. She outlines the various symptoms associated with an underactive insula, highlighting the experience of dissociation, illustrated with a client example of this from her own practice.  We also learn simple ways to begin to reconnect with the body and self, re-regulating and rebuilding the insula. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  4. 04

    How Neural Networks Work

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton investigates how neural networks work. Dr Sweeton reviews the main components of neural networks and discusses why working with traumatic networks is critical to recovery from trauma. Dr Sweeton explains the differences between adaptive neural networks and trauma networks. We discover how and why trauma memories become stuck in these networks and how one of the goals of EMDR is to make these networks more flexible and begin to integrate previously traumatised networks into the adaptive networks. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  5. 05

    Trauma and Avoidance

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton investigates trauma and avoidance. Dr Sweeton discusses the strong allure of avoiding internal and external reminders of traumatic experiences. While logical, this avoidance can intensify and worsen PTSD symptoms. Dr Sweeton outlines ways we can take small steps toward non-avoidance. She highlights how these steps can create significant changes both in our brains and in our lives. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  6. 06

    Adaptive Information Processing Model

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton introduces the Adaptive Information Processing Model, the model from which EMDR was developed. Dr Sweeton discusses the hopefulness inherent in this model, and how PTSD can keep us “stuck” in maladaptive information processing patterns.This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  7. 07

    How EMDR Heals the Brain

    In this session, Dr Sweeton investigates how EMDR restores healthy brain functioning, helping clients reduce arousal and reactivity symptoms, reconsolidate memories, regain a sense of self, build dual awareness, and alter frozen, maladaptive neural networks.This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  8. 08

    Overview of the Eight Phases of EMDR

    In this session, Dr Sweeton provides us with an overview of the original eight phases of EMDR, summarising the objectives of each phase. Dr Sweeton explains how there are a lot of variants and different ways to do EMDR depending on a client’s condition and age, though She chooses to focus on the original eight phase model because this is what is traditionally used in therapy. This session helps us understand what to expect with EMDR treatment.This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.
  9. 09

    Bilateral Stimulation History and Neural Integration

    In this session, Dr Sweeton investigates bilateral stimulation history and neural integration. Dr Sweeton reviews three bilateral stimulation methods: Tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation. Descriptions of each is provided, along with a discussion of the history of bilateral stimulation and neural integration methods.This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series. 
  10. 10

    EMDR Phase 1: Treatment Planning

    In this session, Dr Jennifer Sweeton describes the first phase of EMDR with a focus on Target Sequence Planning. Dr Sweeton outlines the tasks of this phase and discusses ways to identify “targets” for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series. 
  11. 11

    EMDR Phase 2: Preparation and Resourcing

    In this session, Dr Sweeton presents phase two of EMDR and teaches us two simple resourcing techniques, which help calm the “fear centre” of the brain and keep us grounded in the present. These techniques can be used in the context of EMDR, or as daily mindfulness practices to reduce stress and anxiety. This session is part of the Wisemind.com Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Skills Training Series.

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