Trauma

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Trauma has historically been one of the most troubling of psychological issues. The effects of trauma impact nearly all areas of living including sleeping, eating, relationships and mood. The long term effects of trauma can be devastating to a person’s way of life and ability to connect. According to Follette, Palm and Pearson, (2006) this effect is caused by a reduction of behavioral responses, which leads to “psychological inflexibility.” Studies show that mindfulness-based treatment for trauma is among the best ways to cope with symptoms related to traumatic events (Follette, Palm, & Pearson, 2006). Mindfulness based treatments emphasize acceptance of thoughts and feelings. This enhances psychological flexibility and decreases the negative internal associations that occur because of trauma. Mindfulness skills also promote interpersonal skills that may have been impacted as a result of trauma according to Cloitre et al. (2002). One theory of mindfulness is that it promotes a balance between the emotional and rational mind, this balance is affected by trauma. Authors and scientists such as van der Kolk, Kabat-Zinn, and Segal have written book about the positive effects of mindfulness in treatment of trauma and more and more mindfulness techniques are being incorporated into trauma treatment models. NCMI joins mindfulness based techniques with other evidence based practices to support individuals working through trauma.