At CTTC we care that you and your family become able to surmount residual effects of any high-stress experience…gradually. Trusting that surmounting those effects is feasible is the first and major step toward achieving that. We are here to support you on the path initiated by that step.
Considered a condition resultant from trauma such as war, physical or emotional abuse, natural crisis (e.g. tsunami) or witnessing a violent crime, PTSD has become increasingly common across all socio-economic strata, ethnicities, and countries. When viewed from the HANDLE perspective, “stress” is actually the more significant term in the diagnosis.
Characterized by unrelenting triggers to somatic reactions – elevated heart rate and breathing, sweats, sometimes digestive distress – the condition reflects a stored experience that would have originally elicited those somatic responses. They’re not necessarily stored in retrievable memory but in the person’s cellular makeup; body-memory, in effect. Much like motor memory which shows up as practical, efficient habits by virtue of repetition of the movements, so body-memory of significantly stressful experience (not needing repetition) shows up as a repeat of the body’s response to the event.
The precipitating “event” need not be a past experience. Those whose bodies feel unreliable and therefore unsafe – hypersensitivities, motor dysfunction, disrupted or distorted communication between brain and body – continually move through their daily tasks at an elevated level of stress. Their stress-response mechanism switch is On at all times. Their interaction with people and tasks often resemble behaviors the medical community has learned to diagnose as post traumatic stress disorder; but the community at large simply sees those behaviors as inappropriate to the presenting environment. Nor has the medical community begun to accept the similarity as real enough to warrant “treating” such internal distress as PTSD.
All HANDLE programs begin from the recognition that there’s no way to isolate emotional from somatic from cognitive from motoric systems. Everything inter-relates. Bringing the whole into alignment and integration initiates the Off switch of the stress response system. It can’t be permanently turned off because it’s a vital protective mechanism; but it definitely can be calmed. A calmed nervous system is the most consistent benefit of every HANDLE program.
The CTTC provider identifies with you how the interrelated web of sensory, motor, and processing systems interacts with the environment; then to locate where a disruption exists. That’s a focus toward which to direct the client, within the complexity, though; not a single “target” or objective. It’s balanced integration that achieves the calmed nervous system and thus makes life easier, because you feel safe in your own skin.