Yoga as Therapy Trauma-sensitive   yoga    was   developed   by   David   Emmerson,   working   with   Bessel   Van   der   Kolk   at   the   Trauma   Centre   in Boston,   America.   It’s   aim   was   to   help   survivors   of   abuse   notice   how   they   are   feeling   and   begin   to   experience   their   emotions safely.   As   Complex   trauma   occurs   as   a   result   of   abusive   relationships   and   leads   to   a   person   existing   in   a   state   of   ‘survival,’ Trauma-sensitive   yoga   creates   the   space   for   healing   to   occur   within   a   safe   relationship,   where   the   therapist   is   trained   to   support a   person   who   may   experience   triggers   linking   to   previous   trauma   as   a   result   of   the   practice.   By   raising   awareness   of   the   internal states   within   the   physical   self,   trauma-sensitive   yoga   helps   the   individual   regulate   emotional   arousal   by   ‘reorganising   the physiological   responses   connected   to   the   symptoms,’   thus   enabling   the   survivor   of   abuse   to   self-regulate   and   experience emotions safely in the present. Unlike   traditional   yoga,   clients   are   given   the   choice   whether   or   not   they   wish   go   into   a   ‘shape’   or   ‘form.’   Shapes   are   generally adapted   and   are   used   to   bring   about   awareness   of   internal   states.   This   allows   clients   to   ‘re-connect’   to   those   parts   of   themselves which   have   become   ‘split’   as   a   result   of   the   trauma,   thus   enabling   survivors   of   abuse   to   begin   to   self-regulate,   experience emotions   safely   and   live   more   in   the   present.   Trauma-sensitive   Yoga   has   also   been   found   to   support   greater   ability   to   enable   the individual to be able to verbalise trauma following treatment and process their experiences in therapy.
Art Therapy Art   Therapy   is   a   form   of   psychotherapy   that   uses   art   media   as   its   primary   mode   of   communication   and   supports   people   to express   emotional   issues   that   may   otherwise   be   difficult   to   discuss.   Unexplored,   these   may   manifest   themselves   in   a   range   of moods or behaviors that people may find distressing or can prevent a person from reaching their full potential. For   many   people,   art   can   help   as   a   form   of   expression   and   exploration   of   the   self.   Where   we   can   often   struggle   to   find   the   words to   express   our   inner   most   feelings,   art   can   be   used   to   form   a   language   for   us   and   communicate   what   we   otherwise   cannot   find the words for. This   is   because   creativity   and   the   art   process   accesses   the   unconscious,   non-verbal   and   emotional   brain   as   opposed   to   the higher   functioning   brain   used   in   thinking   and   verbalisation.   Art   can   facilitate   functioning   of   this   region   and   through   positive experiences   in   creating   images,   can   begin   to   support   the   individual   to   activate   new   neural   pathways   and   learn   to   tolerate previous emotional pain. By   starting   to   explore   emotional   issues   in   safe   and   contained   space   (through   image   making)   a   person   can   begin   to   manage   and tolerate   overwhelming   feelings.   The   image   becomes   a   container   for   the   expressed   emotion   and   feelings   can   be   experienced   at   a safe   distance.   By   creating   a   ‘container’   an   individual   can   begin   to   explore,   reflect   and   process   the   past.      This   set   of   actions   begin to   activate   the   pre-frontal   cortex   and   starts   to   ‘shift’   the   lived   experience   of   past   difficulties.   This   all   occurs   within   a   safe, therapeutic   relationship   in   which   the   therapist   can   hold   any   adverse   responses   to   the   process   and   build   on   experience   of   a positive attachment relationship. It   is   becoming   more   widely   accepted   (through   neuroscience   research   and   evidence)   that   creative   forms   of   expression   have   a critical   role   to   play   in   both   processing   and   overcoming   emotional   issues.   There   is   no   need   to   be   ‘good   at   art’   to   explore   thoughts and feelings through art therapy. TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT SIMPLY CALL: 07393 943918
“To deepen and broaden consciousness by raising unconscious contents to consciousness is an ‘enlightenment’ a spiritual act” Jolande Jacobi
Contact 07393 943918 Jodi Battison Art Psychotherapist (MA), Illustrator (BA Hons) and Yoga Teacher
“I   found   that   I   could   say   things   with   colours   and   shapes   that   I   couldn’t   say   any   other   way.   Things   I   had   no   words   for.” Georgia O’Keeffe