Things to read, watch, listen, and use
Somatic Tools Playlist
For calming the sympathetic response (anxiety, stress, anger) and gently enlivening the parasympathetic response (depression, dissociation, despair, shame).
If some of these tools feel difficult, that's normal! It can be really hard for us to tend to ourselves when we were taught to do the opposite through our traumatic experiences. As you're getting started, it's ok to dip your toe in, notice how your body is responding, and then dip back out.
Other Advocates & Offerings
Resources for Grief
We cannot experience trauma without grief.
And so the process of mourning and grieving is an important component to trauma work. Our approach to how we hold grief is heavily influenced by our training with Rachelle Bensoussan and Michelle Williams at Being Here, Human, as well as our training in Restorative Retelling with The Center for Victims of Torture.
Grief is a full physiological reaction to the loss of an attachment.
It might be attachment to others, the self or parts of self, our culture, identities, values, the world around us, and much more. In this way, we know that grief doesn't only occur because of the physical loss/death of someone and, importantly:
Grief and trauma are intricately intertwined.
Please note: We are not affiliated with any of the authors, companies, organizations, or products listed on this page and we do not receive any reward, financial or otherwise, for these recommendations. Everything listed on this page is based on results reported by research; past/current clients in clinical practice; or from other clinicians who work in the same field of mental health.