Trauma and the Body
The body remembers.
—Babette Rothschild (2000)
The body keeps the score.
—Bessell Van der Kolk (2004)
Knowledge was so important to the development of civilization that
it seemed justifiable to deny the body's claim to equality. We are wit-
nessing a new respect for the body and are moving away from the
old dichotomy that saw mind and body as two separate and distinct
— Alexander Lowen (1976)
CREATING A SAFE PLACE
One of the most important things we can do with traumatized people is to teach them how to create their own “safe place” before they start to approach the intense pain of the trauma. In my earlier book (with Bloch, 1998), we said,
The concept of a safe place is key to all of our work. … Loss of safety is
key to the crisis-trauma experience. In reality the very place that can help
the individual feel safe may have been destroyed, either concretely or
emotionally. In natural disasters the very home the person lives in may
have been destroyed. In an interpersonal breakdown the person the client
counted on for support, love and emotional security may either be sick,
injured or dying, or may have decided to leave the relationship. Loss of
safety is one of the most significant experiences of crisis and trauma.