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Navigating grief and trauma with practical tools and resources
Why consider right-brain release?
Traumatic experiences are sometimes impossible to talk about, and talking is a left-brained activity. When there are “no words” to express life-altering situations, the right side of the brain must be accessed and utilized. This is where images, emotions, and body sensations are stored. The right hemisphere tends to be creative, nonlinear, irrational, intuitive, relational, and holistic, and this is often where grief and trauma healing can begin. Music, art, movement, sand, symbol, and imagery can be highly effective in accessing the right side of the brain, which in turn leads to more comprehensive healing.
How does right-brain release promote healing?
By providing access to psychological healing through nonverbal means
By increasing awareness of innate internal coping mechanisms
By allowing the subconscious mind to unlock the door to expression
By enabling trauma resolution in connecting right and left side of the brain
Sandplay Therapy is a very effective form of therapy for those dealing with grief, trauma, and PTSD. By creating scenes using miniature figures in a tray of sand, the client’s subconscious mind gathers symbols and imagery to work through issues that have no words. Neurobiological research supports the fact that emotional memories and traumatic sensory experiences are stored in right hemisphere of the brain, along with non-verbal, sensory experiences such as images, body sensations, and emotions. Non-verbal therapies like Sandplay are one of the most effective ways to assist traumatized clients in healing.