by Dovvy Phillips

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

May 27, 2016 | Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Types of anxiety

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Trauma in its many different forms anchors itself in our bodies over time. This can, and often does, have a massive detrimental effect on our health, outlook, relationships and general day to day well-being.

The trauma can be a one-time intense experience or combination of multiple traumas over a period of time ; either way there is a cause and effect relationship. The “stress” causes a part of the brain – the sympathetic nervous system (this is the fight or flight response) to be activated. This is a protective mechanism and a great short term response. But for many people it’s like the switch stays “ON” 24/7. Because we don’t know how to turn it off. Having the constant experience of being under stress creates an on-going hypersensitivity to stress, so little stressors trigger larger than appropriate responses. As a result you have even more stress in life, which is also anchored into the body- and this creates a cycle that repeats itself, a loop, and you become stuck within it.

Because the ‘experience’ is anchored in the body it is therefore constantly sending a signal to the brain reminding you that you are not safe in the world, and so you keep the guard up, you keep the defensive shield on. But months or years later this has a detrimental effect on your life, on your health, and on your well-being.

I love helping people release the trauma that has been anchored into the body because it’s a very gentle process. And because with the method that we use, we work with the body to release stored tension from the nervous system. We lead first with the body, so as the body shifts, the mind follows. As the body becomes free, and becomes more open and safe in the world, the mind follows suit. So people have profound positive life changing shifts.

Often during a session you will let go of tension, but have no idea of ‘what’ you’re letting go of specifically, it’s not important for us to know what is being released. It’s just fantastic that this is occurring in a gentle and safe way.

If the body is anchored into the trauma, as it is hardwired to do, we live life with the fight or flight switch “on”. As a result, we perceive things as stressful when often they are not. But also this affects our thinking as we see things through a filter of survival or defence, often without knowing it. It therefore unconsciously affects our day to day perceptions, within our environment, self and towards others – everything.

Love, compassion and gratitude are available from a place of safety, not from defence. As you open up and let go of what no longer serves you, you use the trauma as a ‘fuel’ to access a new range of possibilities; that previously felt outside of what you currently believe is possible for you. Remember – When the body is free, the mind follows.

*Please note that I am neither a psychotherapist nor psychologist, but I have many recommendations and testimonials from these professionals in the past as they experienced and seen the value in my work.

About the author, Dovvy Phillips


I am the owner of Inspiring Wellness, a wellness and personal transformation clinic in Auckland CBD and the Author of “Wellness Words, How To Think, Speak, And Feel Great” and “How To Break Free From Anxiety”. I love helping my clients take back their lives, regain their health and get a whole new higher quality of life. If you are curious if we can help you, please contact us. We are here to help you.

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