logoM.A., LMFT (MFC 50298), M.S., LAc. (AC 8941)

Trauma Resiliency Model

It is when we remain within our ‘Resiliency Zone’ that we have our best capacity for flexibility and adaptability in mind, body & spirit.” — Elaine Miller-Karas, creator of the TRM.

All mammals have a Central Nervous System (CNS) which keeps us in balance and in harmony, and protects us in case of threat. The two major branches of the CNS are: the sympathetic branch, which allows for the “fight and flight” response, and the parasympathetic branch, which allows for the “rest and repair” response. In more simple terms, our gas and break pedals. When our CNS works harmoniously, when it is not overly stimulated by excess stress hormones like cortisol & adrenaline (the gas pedal), or when it is not weakened by lack of sleep, depression or shutting-down because we feel overwhelmed (the brake pedal), we remain within our Resiliency Zone (RZ). We thrive!

Far from being a flat line, our RZ is the inner space from where we can monitor what is going on inside and outside of us and be, as the name suggests, resilient. The awareness of our RZ is like our internal GPS; it allows us to properly navigate our life and challenges, while honoring our limits and our body. A healthy RZ empowers us to engage with the world, creatively adapt to what is coming our way, and thrive while maintaining healthy  boundaries.

The Trauma Resiliency Model is a powerful way to tap into what is really going inside our body, and begin the integration of what it really means to be in touch with our body, our emotions and sensations. TRM helps us discharge what doesn’t really belong to us, and truly let it go. The Trauma Resiliency Model fosters our ability to genuinely be embodied!

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