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(Bristol) Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma

We know that trauma profoundly affects our body. That was the primary focus of my course ‘Trauma and the Body’. We looked at how trauma greatly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and some autoimmune disorders. We looked at body memories and how our experience of pain is influenced by our psychological state.

But what about the flip side of all of that? How does the state of our body influence our mind and emotions?

That’s what I’m going to be looking at in a new course, launching in September 2019, called ‘Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma’. I’m going to be delving into some cutting-edge research and thinking about how our mental health – things like our mood, our emotions, even our compulsions – are at least in part driven by our physiology. We’ll be looking at how the bacteria in our gut may influence our mental state; how depression and anxiety may be generated by inflammation and our immune system; how our hormones impact how we feel and act; and how even what time we get up on a morning can set the course of our emotions throughout the day. We’ll look in more detail at chronic fatigue syndrome and why adolescents and menopausal women as age groups are at the highest risk of mental health difficulties and suicide. And lots more!

We all know instinctively that our bodies influence our brains, and our brains influence our bodies, but we don’t always know why. That’s what I’m going to be unpacking in this course, to see if, in our fight against trauma, there are other tools and strategies that we can use, on top of our standard talking therapies approaches.

This is going to be a fascinating day and as always it will be rooted in a combination of the latest research alongside my own journey: from years battling chronic fatigue syndrome and DID to vastly improved health, both physically and mentally.

At the end of this course, my goal is that we’ll all have a much clearer idea of what we can do to help both ourselves and our clients be in the best shape possible, both mentally and physically, so that recovery from trauma isn’t just a pipe-dream, but a solid plan.

This will be a day full of hope from recovery from even extreme and enduring states of distress. Attendees of this course will receive a CPD certificate for 6 hours, along with an extensive delegate pack including a free resource related to the course.

The speaker is Carolyn Spring.

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