The Trauma Recovery Program at Yellowbrick is rooted in the understanding that traumatic experience affects not only our minds, emotions, and systems of belief, but also the body. What are adaptive survival responses under threat; fight, flight, or freeze, become symptoms. The Trauma Recovery Program addresses the neurobiological and psychological effects of a hyperactivated nervous system and trauma-related attachment patterns from both a mind and body focus with the ultimate goal of integration of the fragmented self-states that trauma creates.
This evening group IOP is available separately for men and women within the Chicago area and from across the nation who have experienced interpersonal trauma involving violence and/or the extreme or persistent violation of emotional, physical, or sexual boundaries. Within the context of the latest neurobiological understanding of trauma and traumatic attachment, the impact of trauma on the body, and the psychology of mindfulness, this group focuses on how trauma influences one’s self and interpersonal relationships in the present. Based upon the research of trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk and others, this program adheres to an interpersonal focus format as well as techniques for managing sensorimotor aspects of traumatic memory. The group is divided into 3 interrelated components.
Trauma Recovery Mindfulness is an experiential group that rotates seventeen weeks of yoga with seventeen weeks of art therapy.
Trauma Recovery Education & Discussion Group teaches the Becoming Safely Embodied skills developed by Deirdre Fay.
Trauma Recovery Interpersonal Group Therapy provides a forum for the development of increased safety as issues related to trauma are explored and identified as they arise both in content and within/between the interpersonal relationships in the group.
Issues specific to men and women are addressed in the education/discussion component, as they arise in the interpersonal group and via the separation of all group components.