Trauma Freeze & Thaw: Trauma is stored in the right side of the brain. When it is activated it freezes the integrative processes of the brain. Information becomes stored in fragmented forms on the right side.
Sometimes as stutterers we get caught in a cognitive or emotional loop, repeating the same negative thoughts or feelings (or both) over and over. We can either access or are frozen out of our memories of our early childhood memories. Many of these memories brought mean and negative feedback from others, and then the frozen moment of fear, shame, anxiety, confusion, and coldness. My own frozen state did not want to remember the painful memories. I was over exposed to the all those negative reactions of others, and did not have enough coping skills to shield myself.
Frozen States = negative & traumatic experiences + isolation + shame + fear. Keeping memories locked away, “not remembering” any experience whether good or bad, keeps this locked in lonely feelings locked away.
In my own personal work the use of cognitive and emotional interweaves brought into my work with my therapist brought a gentle flow that thawed this frozen state. Through gentle reprocessing the frozen states the processing flows.
Traumatic experiences often seem to be stored in one part of the body-mind without being affected by more current information a.k.a “nothing I do today seems to impact the frozen states” of the past. “The use of interweaves create a bridge between the parts of the client’s mind that have been separated. Cognitive, psychodynamic, and body / mind interviews facilitate the processing, provide developmental repair, increase ego strength, and move the self to greater stability.” 
Today, as a psychotherapist I pull from my experience with traumatic experiences of the frozen state. Sometimes as stutterers we get caught in a cognitive or emotional loop, repeating the same negative thoughts or feelings (or both) over and over.
I often bring in the gentle interweaves with my patients. My clinical training as a Trauma Informed Therapist gives the clinical tools, and my years of experience in the “frozen state” gives me the inner strength to hold the space open for my clients to work through their own thawing process.
What process do you bring from your Stuttering past and Clinical training into the room with your patients?
Monday, October 5, 2015
 Parnell, L (2015) Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Basic Training Manual
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