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  • Writer's pictureCarole Young

How has the Covid-19 crisis affected you and your relationships?

Updated: May 8, 2020

For many, this has been a time to deeply pause and reflect. And whilst reflection is an essential part of everyday life, the confinement and separation that has been forced upon us, has given us more opportunity to do this - whether we like it or not!

Concerns about health, income and long-term security may bring up fear, and this can manifest as anxiety, stress, panic attacks and perhaps even depression. For those out there who are resilient, their response might be to focus on the positives. New opportunities to rest and digest, to reflect and reframe, to re-visit intrinsic motivations and values. The opportunity for daydreaming can result in bursts of real creativity and rebalancing. Fabulous! However, for those who have had trauma in their lives, capacity to cope with additional fear and stress is limited, if not entirely non-existent. You can’t be creative if your system is in a hyper-aroused state where anger and fear dominate, or if your system is in a hypo-aroused state where shut down, depression and numbing dominate.

Relationship tensions emerge in either of these states and up pop old patterns and triggers that sabotage you and your capacity to resolve those tensions. Your frustration builds, you feel helpless, and somewhere in the depths of your past there lurks that monster coming back to haunt you, laughing at your helplessness. Does this sound familiar at all? The survivor of trauma is not responsible for what was done to them, but they certainly are responsible for taking control of their recovery.

Perhaps this is the time and opportunity to take control of your?

Here’s how I can help. I have been using the Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) for the past 3 years. As the TRTP community grows globally and we gather data and evidence about our results, it has become increasingly clear that this technique is life changing in its effectiveness and speed with which results are delivered. 87% of my clients (and this is consistent with other Practitioner statistics) have benefited hugely from the process. How do I know this? I keep data, before and after therapy data, because I am a scientist and I want proof that this works (plus I have testimonials).

Think of any other psychological or psychotherapy approach that has this success rate over 3 to 5 sessions. Can you think of one? This is not about giving unreal fantasies of healing and restitution. TRTP is not appropriate for everybody. It is a therapy that demands courage and commitment. But it’s actually a quite gentle and nourishing process. The outcome typically is a physiological shift, achieved through the skill of the therapist enabling and guiding the process.

TRTP is a ‘top down’ trauma therapy. It is one important step in the recovery journey and can be wonderfully supported with ‘bottom-up’ therapies that help you become more embodied, such as Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais, Breath Work, Yoga, Aikido, meditation etc After completing TRTP the overwhelming feeling is, “finally, someone’s on my side. It’s over and I’m safe”. The nervous system resets. Imagine that.

Can you?

Clients report after this therapy that they can think about past traumas without the physiological symptoms of PTSD. They can revisit memories of perpetrators with no emotional trigger. They have greater capacity to self-regulate and form connections because their own self-esteem and self-love have emerged. They regain agency over themselves. Overall, they feel calmer, more accepting of self and more centred. Traits that are essential in times like these.

Please get in touch if you'd like to talk. Thanks, Carole Young.

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