An Introduction by Tian Dayton PhD TEP
In the video below you will see both an interview between me and Anna Bobikova for the AB Lifetime Channel (link below) with Anna Bobikova, and then my presentation that took place at iCAAD London in May earlier this year. In the presentation are two exercises from my model Relational Trauma Repair (RTR). The first is The Feeling Floor Check and the second is The Symptom Floor Check. You will see how they work first hand. After these experiential processes, we do the Trauma Timeline. All of these are psycho-educational experiential processes that I have created to focus the experiential work and make it both healing and educational. The Trauma Time Line serves as a warm-up in these particular role-plays for inner child work. By this I mean that the types of questions I ask, such as “where along the timeline to you feel you have work to do?” Or “where do you feel stuck,” serve to bring group members towards a time in their life where feel something remains hidden or unresolved. Essentially, we’re talking to a part of ourselves to whom we have something, if not much to say. Trauma tends to create a disconnection within the self and as a result we can feel like imposters or as if we’re not fully comfortable in our own skin. It can also make us feel at times inauthentic in the way we connect to others. Reconnecting to the part (s) of ourselves that may feel still frozen can thaw them out so to speak and allow them to feel and breathe again. Standing in all roles through role reversal can let us have a direct experience of empathy both for the child who lives within us, or the child we were and anyone else we’re talking to, in the case or role play #2, the mother. Take a look…..