316 – Treating Complex Trauma Clients at the Edge
How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions
Therapists often get shaken and lose confidence in their approach when a client’s trauma response edges into seemingly uncontrollable extremes of rage, panic, or suicidal desperation. This workshop provides an essential road map for treating relational trauma cases through a detailed exploration of the neurobiological processes of hyperarousal and parasympathetic withdrawal underlying extreme symptoms. You’ll discover:
- How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
- The difference between a compassionate and empathic response, and how each can either benefit or escalate you client
- When it’s necessary to take over, be the “auxiliary brain” for your client, and work top-down, with the mind first, emotions next, and body sensations last
- When it’s best to slow down, hand over control, and work with the body
Frank Anderson, MD, is a psychiatrist as well as a psychotherapist. He’s the executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and a supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.