PATRICIA KAFWAMBA OGUEY
Since I started my professional practice, I have met many people that went through life experiences resulting in traumatic consequences. I have always been profoundly moved by this dimension of their condition, the suffering generated, physical or psychological, although it has taken me many years to find keys to better understand and support them.
“ Trauma is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence
Peter Levine “
In the words of Dr Peter A. Levine, who has developed in the last decades an approach to heal trauma called Somatic Experiencing®, trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering.
Simply put, trauma can be defined as the consequence of events - accidents, abuse of all types, threats, danger, racism, falls, surgery,...- where the autonomous nervous system was overwhelmed and where fight and flight responses did not follow through. The only response left is the freeze reflex where people get stuck. Trauma is constituted by the consequences of these blocks that can manifest themselves in several symptoms, some visible (physical injury, anxiety), other less obvious (loss of confidence, unexplainable pain and fear, fatigue, addictions,...)
The main point is that trauma happens in the body. It is therefore in the body that it can be resolved.
To improve and complete my knowledge on bodywork, I have started a training in "Somatic Experiencing®" that will last until the end of 2023.