Welcome to Trauma Dynamics

The Trauma Dynamics model is a highly effective, experiential, body-based, series of interventions designed to resolve the primary causes for which people enter psychotherapy, namely, highly stressful or overwhelming life experiences. Because trauma is a complex phenomenon affecting all of who we are, the skill sets used in Trauma Dynamics are drawn from academic research and information from a number of fields including neuroscience (I.e memory systems, learning theory, Peter Levine’s modeling of the autonomic nervous system) and the best elements of other therapeutic modalities (such as Mindfulness, DBT skill building, attachment theory, family systems and psychodynamic transference work). We have a comprehensive, tested, and reproducible treatment protocol for PTSD that we train students in nationally. The model is used at mental health agencies including University of Colorado Hospital’s CeDAR addiction treatment center as well as being referenced in the MAPS training for future MDMA psychotherapists. We also provide direct therapeutic services to the community and provide clinical services.

What is Trauma?

Many of the symptoms for which people seek psychotherapeutic and psychiatric help arise from having experienced highly stressful or traumatic events.screen-shot-2014-10-16-at-12-16-09-pm The common myth of trauma is that it only happens to people in war zones or to people who have suffered severe bodily harm. This is simply not true.  Trauma can be caused by common everyday occurrences like car accidents, surgery, domestic violence, and most notably, childhood neglect, abandonment or abuse. Although we think of PTSD as being associated with soldiers, the majority of people who have trauma developed it during childhood. We know, for example, that the vast majority of people with addiction issues have had childhood trauma.

Trauma is subjective and relative to our strengths and resources: what is frightening or overwhelming to an adult who has theimages capacity to defend or leave a bad situation will be very different from what is overwhelming to an infant’s vulnerable and utterly dependant system. For this reason, most of the  trauma we will ever experience in life originate in childhood. In fact, the research (see acestudy.org) is very clear on the matter: the earlier and more familial the trauma was in a person’s life, the more they will be affected by it as an adult and the less they will be able to recall any specific events that may have created it.   

Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, manic episodes, feeling disconnected or numb, disturbed boundaries, painful relationship patterns, and especially addiction are common signs of trauma. At Trauma Dynamics, healing the resulting wounds is our primary focus and what we do best.

Click here to visit the website Aces Too High to watch a 5-minute video about the effects of adverse childhood events.

About our Trainings

Trauma Dynamics Level 1 training lasts 4 weekends with an additional 15 weeks of supervision in the model. Students get a great deal of hands-on, supervised practice during the training and leave the course with a comprehensive, overarching understanding of how trauma functions. Extended supervision develops fluency with the skills that target the key areas affected by trauma, techniques that are not taught in traditional master’s programs.   

A defining value of Trauma Dynamics is to provide a learnable, coherent trauma protocol that does not adhere to any one therapeutic approach but changes over time as a synthesis of best practices. To this end, we’ve been excited to explore medicines that when coupled with the type of somatic processing we teach offer amazing promise in resolving severe, chronic and complex PTSD symptoms.

If you are interested in therapeutic support please visit our contact page or call us for a consult at (720) 663-7254.