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    Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) in NYC


    Learn how to heal trauma without retelling your trauma story by listening to your body.  

    What is Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)?

    We specialize in Trauma Resiliency Model in NYC

    Traumatic experiences always have an impact on us. Oftentimes, these impacts manifest as emotional changes or responses, such as anxiety, panic attacks, and anger. Effects of trauma include a physical and physiological manner including a dysregulation of your nervous system.

    We’re talking about how your body reacts to stress and traumatic triggers and how this can ultimately affect your healing journey.

    Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) is a gentle body-mind therapy that does not require the telling of any trauma story. TRM instead focuses on building skills that help individuals self-regulate and cope with the effects of trauma. TRM, developed by Elaine Miller-Karas and developed further by the Trauma Resource Institute, draws on neuroscience, somatic psychology, and indigenous healing practices.

    The approach is based on the importance of the body in the experience and resolution of trauma. It recognizes that your mind is not the only one negatively affected by trauma but that it is stored in the body and that body work can help you alleviate the symptoms of trauma and resolve long term trauma.

    The goal of TRM is to help you develop skills to manage and regulate emotional and body response promoting a sense of safety and empowerment.

    What can Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) help with?

    Trauma Resiliency Model can help people with:

    • Anxiety or panic attacks

    • Grief

    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    • Different kinds of trauma 

    • Decreasing physical and psychological discomfort

    How Does Trauma Resiliency Model Work?

    Therapists using the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) employ a variety of techniques and interventions to help clients navigate and recover from trauma.

    Here are some ways therapists may assist clients with trauma using TRM:

    • Assessment and Psychoeducation:
      • Therapists start by assessing the client’s history, experiences, and current symptoms related to trauma.
      • Psychoeducation is provided to help clients understand the impact of trauma on the nervous system and overall well-being.
    • Building a Therapeutic Alliance:
      • Establishing a trusting and supportive therapeutic alliance is crucial in TRM.
      • Therapists create a safe space for clients to share their experiences, fostering a sense of trust and collaboration.
    • Window of Tolerance Exploration:
      • Therapists work with clients to identify their individual “Window of Tolerance,” helping them recognize when they are within or outside this optimal range of arousal.
      • Clients learn strategies to self-regulate and bring themselves back into their Window of Tolerance.
    • Teaching Grounding Techniques:
      • Grounding techniques are introduced to help clients stay present in the moment and connected to their environment.
      • Therapists may teach clients to use sensory experiences or physical anchors to ground themselves during moments of distress.
    • Mindfulness Practices:
      • Mindfulness is integrated into therapy to help clients develop present-moment awareness.
      • Clients learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment, fostering a non-reactive and accepting attitude.
    • Breathwork and Regulation:
      • Therapists guide clients in breathwork exercises to regulate the autonomic nervous system.
      • Breathwork helps clients manage arousal levels and promote relaxation.
    • Somatic Exploration:
      • Therapists encourage clients to explore and track bodily sensations associated with trauma.
      • This somatic exploration facilitates the release and completion of stored traumatic energy.
    • Pendulation Techniques:
      • Pendulation involves shifting attention between sensations of safety and those associated with stress or trauma.
      • Therapists guide clients through this process to titrate and regulate the intensity of their experiences.
    • Resourcing:
      • Therapists help clients identify and activate internal and external resources for support.
      • Exploring positive memories, relationships, or activities contributes to a sense of safety and well-being.
    • Resiliency Zones Model:
      • Therapists introduce the Resiliency Zones model to help clients categorize their arousal states.
      • Clients learn to recognize their zone (Green, Yellow, or Red) and apply appropriate skills for self-regulation.
    • Cultural Sensitivity:
      • Therapists using TRM are attentive to cultural factors and adapt interventions to different cultural contexts.
      • Cultural sensitivity is emphasized to ensure that therapy is inclusive and respectful of individual differences.

    Therapists Who Specialize in Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) in NYC

    Connecting with the right therapist is the most important factor in your search. We’re here to help you find a great match.

    At Clarity, our licensed NYC therapists may use a combination of interventions based on your needs, goals, and preferences. TRM is flexible and can be adapted to various therapeutic settings, making it suitable for individual or group therapy. The goal is to empower you to develop resilience and practical self-regulation skills, ultimately promoting healing and recovery from trauma.

    What are the Differences and Similarities between TRM and Somatic Experiencing?


    • Body-Centered Approaches: Both Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Trauma Resiliency Model emphasize the importance of the body in the experience and resolution of trauma. They recognize that trauma is not only a psychological phenomenon but also a physiological one, and both approaches aim to engage the body in the healing process. 

    • Mind-Body Connection: Both models recognize the interconnectedness of the mind and body. They emphasize the bidirectional influence between psychological and physiological aspects of trauma, acknowledging that trauma impacts not only thoughts and emotions but also bodily sensations and functions. 

    • Emphasis on Self-Regulation: Both SE and TRM focus on enhancing an individual’s capacity for self-regulation. This involves developing skills to manage and modulate emotional and physiological responses, promoting a sense of safety and empowerment.

    • Techniques: Both SE and TRM utilize techniques such as tracking bodily sensations, pendulation (shifting attention between sensations of safety and threat), and titration (working with small doses of traumatic material at a time).TRM also incorporates elements of mindfulness and breath work.


    • Theoretical Foundations:

      • Somatic Experiencing (SE): Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SE is based on the idea that trauma is stored in the body and that incomplete survival responses contribute to the lingering effects of trauma. It incorporates elements of neuroscience, biology, and the study of animal behavior.

      • Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM): TRM, developed by Elaine Miller-Karas and developed further by the Trauma Resource Institute, draws on neuroscience, somatic psychology, and indigenous healing practices. It focuses on building resilience and strengthening the capacity for self-regulation.

    • Interventions and Techniques:

      • Somatic Experiencing (SE): Both SE and TRM utilize techniques such as tracking bodily sensations, pendulation (shifting attention between sensations of safety and threat), and titration (working with small doses of traumatic material at a time).

      • Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM): TRM incorporates specific skills and tools, including the “Window of Tolerance,” grounding techniques, and the Resiliency Zones model. It also integrates elements of mindfulness and breathwork.

    • Cultural Considerations:

      • Somatic Experiencing (SE): SE has been applied across various cultural contexts and populations worldwide.

      • Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM): TRM includes a cultural component, acknowledging the importance of cultural sensitivity and adapting interventions to different cultural contexts. TRM has been applied across various cultural contexts and populations worldwide including an introduction into 1200 schools across India by the Dalai Lama.

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