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A Depth Informed Somatic Approach for The Treatment of Neurophysiological Effects of Trauma
by Karlsen, Kerri L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 74; 13813364
Abstract (Summary)

Through a hermeneutic and heuristic research approach, this thesis elucidates the effects of acute and chronic trauma on the bodies, brains, and minds of survivors. Drawing on neuroscientific findings and depth psychological theory, this thesis addresses the question: How might working with a clients' unconscious images and body-based sensations assist them in healing trauma? This thesis examines polyvagal theory as it affects the body and the function of implicit memory on the brain as interfacing with trauma. Complex theory specifies how internal images become a part of survivors' unconscious processes and interrupt functioning on a psychological and physiological level. Addressing the process of dissociation as an unconscious response to trauma, this thesis introduces an original image-based approach for the treatment of trauma. Considering the latest research in neuroscience and somatic psychology, the image-based approach yokes a clinical intervention to address survivors' experience holistically.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Image, Memory, Neuroscience, Somatic, Trauma, Unconscious
Publication Number: 13813364
ISBN: 978-1-392-15228-7
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