Changing the Way the Body Handles Memories

Healing Trauma Where it Lives

Copyright 2009, Pamela Woll

You can learn to manage and cope with your triggers, stress reactions, and troubling memories, but that won’t “neutralize” them.  The fact that the body has two separate memory systems can cause complications after experiences of extreme stress and threat.

If you have stored experiences that are triggering intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, or night terrors, there will come a time when it's important to deal with the way your brain and body process these memories.  The good news is that there are effective ways of changing the brain’s and body’s relationship to these memories, and these approaches are well supported by the research.

The unfortunate news is that these kinds of therapies often involve bringing up memories and feelings you'd rather not deal with.

Pam Woll,
Dec 13, 2009, 8:19 PM