Types & Timing of Trauma Interventions

In this video, Dr. Madril will be answering the following questions: (1) “What is the difference between top-down and bottom-up interventions in trauma therapy?”; (2) “When should these two types of techniques be used to have the most therapeutic effect?”

*Disclaimer: The information presented in this video is for educational purposes only. Consult with your mental health provider for trauma interventions that may work for you. https://youtu.be/IxQrPx085cA

Radical Acceptance for Emotional Regulation

In this final video on the topic of emotional regulation for trauma recovery, Dr. Madril is going to answer the following questions:

1. What is radical acceptance?

2. How can radically accepting my emotional pain and viewing it as “temporary” improve my situation?

Radical acceptance can be defined as the complete and total acceptance of reality as it is. For instance, a person can radically accept that, in this moment, they are feeling anxious and afraid by noticing the discomfort and not trying to change it. How does this help? Research suggests that cultivating acceptance can improve one’s ability to reinterpret reality and better cope with life’s difficulties.

Emotional Regulation using Compassion for Younger Parts

You are welcome to view my third video on emotional regulation for trauma recovery: “Emotional Regulation using Compassion for Younger Parts.”

Mental Grounding for Emotional Regulation

In this second of four videos on the topic of emotional regulation for trauma recovery, Dr. Madril is going to answer the following questions:

  1. How can I use my surroundings to help me calm down when triggered by a reminder of past trauma?

A troubling consequence of trauma is that certain parts of your emotional brain may have become hypersensitive to threat, which may result in lingering symptoms like feeling as though the trauma is happening all over again or like you are oddly disconnected from yourself and your physical surroundings.

One way to help reprogram the brain to recognize that the trauma is over is to ground yourself in the present moment by redirecting your mind away from the triggering thoughts and emotions and onto physical objects that you can find nearby. Watch the YouTube video to learn more…https://youtu.be/qd3b0U64Kb8?si=msJ1OlukpbUKaOnI

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Yogic Breathing for Emotional Regulation

In this first of four videos on emotional regulation for trauma recovery, Dr. Madril to answer the following question: How can I return to a state of calm when feeling anxious and unsafe?

It is common for people who have experienced trauma to have moments when they feel anxious and unsafe. This could be due to conscious and subconscious processing of fear and potential threats within one’s environment. Whatever the reason, it is helpful to have a practical set of tools on-hand to return the nervous system to a state of calm. A yogic breathing exercise called the Six-Count Breath is one of the techniques that Dr. Madril always recommend to clients who want practical tools to regulate their emotions…https://youtu.be/auJUptSmLrw?si=aWpLyrrEdvCTcdPO

Aerobic Exercise Combined with Trauma Therapy for Better Treatment Outcomes

In this video, Dr. Madril will briefly review recent research, which suggests that combining aerobic exercise with exposure-based trauma therapy may enhance treatment outcomes for people with PTSD…https://youtu.be/aHRYSDfXTA8?si=HOZyzxajwoq5KJ5D

Parts Work in Trauma Therapy

In this video, I will be explaining the concept of “parts work” in trauma therapy and how it can enhance treatment outcomes for clients…https://youtu.be/ZkIDaHL3QMY?si=iWOGnivw7DS0bNW9

Proposed Mechanisms of Action in EMDR Therapy

In this video, Dr. Madril explains the proposed mechanisms of action in EMDR therapy as noted in recent neuroscience research…https://youtu.be/D435lC5flA8?si=5jxwnUP6Yez5n_WM

Ego-States-Informed EMDR for Treating Trauma

In this video, Dr. Tony Madril provides a practical definition of Ego States Therapy and discusses how it may enhance EMDR for resolving trauma. Click here to watch the video…

Toward the Prevention of Vicarious Trauma and Empathic Distress with REAP

Vicarious trauma and empathic distress are by-products of engaging in work that includes ongoing exposure to distressing images, sights, and sounds and as well as exposure to personal stories of trauma. Research suggests that such repeated vicarious exposure to human suffering places human service professionals at high-risk for experiencing some form of work-related stress. Over time, this type of stress can have deleterious effects upon the well-being of the helper and their ability to deliver quality human services over time. In fact, research suggests that repeated exposure to traumatic material creates a certain vulnerability for developing vicarious trauma or some form of traumatic stress; therefore, it is imperative to the health and well-being of human service teams to have an active awareness of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma as well as various practical tools and techniques to help mitigate the emotional burden of regularly working with trauma.

I’ve developed one such tool that I call REAP. REAP is a tool that may be used by helping professionals to identify and release empathic distress while working on the front lines. The acronym REAP stands for Recognize, Establish, Adjust, and Practice and may help professionals to cultivate compassion while delivering services to others in need. I invite you to listen to my YouTube video to learn more…