Traumatic Stress and the Externalization of the Healing Process

Traumatic Stress and the Externalization of the Healing Process
Dr. Claire Vines Psychologist Marina del Rey 90292, CA

As a Doctor of Psychology, licensed and Diplomate with the Psychotherapy Association. (DAPA), I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Psychological Trauma Therapist. My treatment emphasis is relationship centered and resolution oriented. I will assist you with redirecting and managing life difficulties... more

Remembering traumatic stress is connected to fears which are related to unattended emotional injury. It is very important to remind yourself when the trauma is over and you have survived it. You are now in the present.

The response to trauma is fear and confusion. Your brain wants to re-create the old experience, preparing for the present, as a protection tool of defense, from the reflection of the emotional trauma.

Through the therapeutic process, traumatic memories of events need to be externalized, creatively expressed, narrated and compartmentalized in safe brain mode to lessen emotionally charged memories.

Always remember that when we are remembering a past event, we are actually remembering the last time our brain remembered that event. It is not the event itself.

Unattended emotions from trauma will retain the reflection of its injurious memory.

If painful past events are not re-evaluated, they will retain their emotional power across decades.

Time doesn't heal all wounds. Or if it does, it only does so indirectly. We don’t need to detach from our past, but rather disengage from negative thinking. We are our past. If we forget our past, we forget ourselves. Events will retain their emotional power over the years, unless re-evaluated when emotionally re-experienced. It is the externalization and consequent re-definition that will reduce the charged emotions.

Life and healing is about branching out to new understandings and clarity of our surroundings. Psychotherapy, a therapeutic process, is a tool of self-exploration, a process leading to internal comfort, extending to new self-awareness and also the discovery of external peace.

The soul is strong. There will be times when the internal self can get lost onto the intense road of external life. Heal the present. Find ways to express through emotional creativity.

Your have learned during times that have passed; different times, years, months, hours, and the moment will make your journey. Process, dream, create. You will be happy.

The path to emotional wisdom is emotional freedom.

About Dr. Claire Vines, PsyD., DAPA

Dr. Claire Vines has the following Professional Licenses/ Certificates/ Memberships: 

Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association (DAPA)
American Psychotherapy Association (APA)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Trauma Focus-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT
California Institute of Mental Health (CIMH)
Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)
Evidenced Based Practices (EBP)
Managing Adapting Practices (MAP)

Dr. Claire Vines, Psy. D. provides Psychological Mental Health Services, emphasizing on marriage, couples and the individual, while assisting the interpersonal relationship and psychological factors related to traumatic injury.

Dr. Claire Vines, Psy.D. works with adults, one-on-one, or within one's relationships. Her professional sensitivity is directed at unresolved, emotional injury, distress, PTSD and other psychological conflicts and building on solutions.

She provides services such as relationship counseling, therapy, trauma recovery, psychotherapy, stress regulation, depression services, couples therapy, and consultation calls, in addition to the following:

Relationship and Marriage Therapist
Solution Focused
Interpersonal Processing
Depression and Anxiety Treatment
Couples Relationship
Family Conflict Resolution
Psychotherapist - Individual Counseling
Psychological Trauma Treatment
Trauma Therapist
Expressive Arts And Creative Expression