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The Trauma Toolkit

The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out , by Banitt

Topics included
Road Map:
  • Trauma Shock - trauma causes shock, frozen, numbness
  • Rebooting - grounding and reentering our lives and relationships
  • Acceptance - acceptance of the reality of what happened, letting go of denial
  • Feeling and Releasing - unfreezing the trauma memories, feeling the sensations to release them
  • Integration - making sense of who you are out of denial, fully accepting the trauma, making changes if necessary
  • Restoration - healing on emotional, mental and physical level
  • Forgiveness - natural outcome of depth healing and safety
First Aid
  • Grounding - circular breathing, belly breathing, progressive relaxation, body scan
  • Clearing - smudging, mineral/epsom salts, sprays/essential oils, homeopathic remedies, tea, flower essences, herbal remedies, incense, water, journaling, art, induced emotional release, talking
  • Restoring/Energizing - silence, retreat, sunbathing, nutrition, water, sleep, visualization, meditation/prayer, personal time
  • Altering, Suppressing - television, herb seeking, pharmaceuticals, exercise

Physical Health
  • Nutrition, see this Canadian informational handout on Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Supplements - Omega 3s, B vitamins, Vit. C, Vit. D, Calcium, Magnesium, see my post on Mental Health and Supplements
  • Herbal - Chamomile, Lavender, Valerian, Kava, Passionflower, Skullcap, Lemon Balm,
  • Essential Oil - Lavender, Rose, Balsam Fir, Geranium, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Sandalwood
  • Naturopathic
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic
  • EMDR - see my post on EMDR Resources
  • Psychotropics - see my handout Psychotropic Medications
  • Biofeedback
  • Heat Therapies - saunas and hot tubs, sweat lodges
  • Music
  • Unwinding the Body - somatic experiencing

Energy Body:
  • Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, TaiChi, ChiGong
  • Thought Field Therapy "TFT Tapping" see
  • Emotional Freedom Technique "Tapping", see one of my posts on EFT
  • Energy Healing - Reiki
  • Crystals
  • Smudging
  • Homeopathy
  • Animal Therapies
  • Healing in Nature
  • Yoga, see Trauma Tools: Yoga
  • Blessing Food and Water

Thinking Mind:
  • Counseling
  • Finding Safety
  • Mapping Triggers
  • Creating a Timeline
  • The "I Want" Exercise
  • Expressive Therapies
  • The Work of Byron Katie, see How to do The Work
  • Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta)
  • Eckhart Tolle Now

Wisdom Mind:
  • Core Beliefs and Quantum Physics
  • Raising the Opposite Wave
  • Giving What We Need to Receive
  • Shamanic Practices
  • Past-Life Regression Therapy
  • Wisdom Teachings
  • Prayer and Mantra
  • Meditation

Ecstasy & Bliss
  • Fishing
  • Dolphin Encounters
  • Extreme Sports
  • Collective Ecstasy
  • Ecstatic Dance
  • Nature
  • Darshan
  • Divine Inner Bliss



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