In this episode, I talk to Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW & certified EMDR therapist, about the importance of our mind-body connection and how certain experiences (known as traumas) can cause us to disassociate from our physical feelings. But through different therapy modalities and even practicing mindfulness, we can become more aware of what our body is trying to tell us and give it the time it needs to process through events that our mind didn’t allow it to.
How our bodies are set up to heal themselves and so too are our minds… and once that process starts, it can’t be stopped. How there are different approaches to help reconnect our mind and our body and remove the continuous pain from trauma, EMDR being one of them but it’s not for everyone. How EMDR is a tool to access our limbic system, where we store – and essentially hide – our physical feelings, and revisit and process traumatic experiences in a safe space. I love the explanation of bottom up vs. top down approaches to therapy and healing and recognizing how tricky our minds can be in getting in the way of our healing. How ultimately, we all want true connection and that’s really the intention behind how we react to trauma. So in that lens, there is nothing “wrong” with us. Our present-day issues are really a result of us doing what we had to do to feel safe at the time. How important it is to recognize that we are all in process and wherever you are in that process is exactly where you need to be. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to google the transtheoretical process for change. And the best quote of the interview – “the body remembers what our mind tries to forget.”
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