PTSD and other stressor-related disorders arise when a traumatic event [or series of events] becomes lodged in our bodies and minds. Others might experience the exact same event and move on. But we can find our own life experience increasingly organized around the memory of the traumatic event. As this happens we begin to lose touch with the here and now, with the people and places around us, and with the full range of our emotional lives. Even our dreams may become part and parcel of this abbreviated landscape, re-exposing us night after night to an event that may have begun and ended decades before.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy [CBT] teaches us ways to restructure our beliefs about ourselves and the world that give rise to the thought patterns and feelings that comprise the inner landscape of our daily lives. TEAM is an especially powerful form of CBT developed by David Burns MD. Culled from a dozen different therapeutic approaches, including behaviorism and clinical hypnosis, TEAM has over 50 different techniques, many of which IRTP teaches in its weekly groups. You will identify the techniques most helpful to you and receive expert coaching in practicing with them in your daily life.
Kundalini Yoga is a 4000 year old technology developed in India and practiced daily by people around the world. Western medicine is now uncovering some of the mechanisms by which yoga has eased human suffering for millennia, one of which involves the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA reduces anxiety and is a target for the benzodiazepine family of anti-anxiety medications. Researchers have found significant increases in GABA after a single one hour yoga session (1). Moreover, the GABA produced by yoga practice does not have side effects, withdrawal symptoms, or require a prescription. Fifteen minutes of home yoga practice is an essential part of ITRP.
1 Streeter CC, Jensen JE, Perlmutter RM et al. Yoga Asana sessions increase brain GABA levels: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med 2007;13:419-426.
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