I entered the field of psychology from a need to understand my “wounded” self and also wanted to help others. In my mid-twenties, I sought personal therapy for the complex trauma memories I was struggling with and was also in training to become a psychotherapist. I thought that perhaps the rigor of a Master’s degree would help free me from the burnout, anguish, and body pain that were constant companions because I would learn more.
Academics wasn't the answer to my problems, neither was understanding. Talking and thinking were not an effective healing approach, at least, not for me back in the day. What I had stumbled upon in 1993 is now backed by science. Now, current research tells us that trauma resides certain areas of the brain, not the thinking brain. More modern approaches literally change the brain and create more ease in the body, thereby, reducing traumatic holds.