The importance of rhythm and interaction

In this blog I reflect on the connection between rhythm and interaction, and healing from trauma

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I am enjoying watching a NICABM series at the moment focused on Treating Trauma. This week I wanted to blog about one of the ways research shows we can treat the effects of trauma and attachment difficulties, the use of rhythm and interaction.
 
Bessel van der Kolk speaks passionately about the role of psychotherapy as being to help clients to tolerate what they are feeling. The work of healing is in helping people to regulate their nervous systems and to contain what it is that is happening, right here, right now. With work we assist people to learn which stimuli are relevant and important, and what can in the here and now be safely ignored. We help them to fully engage with the present, and to make sense of it.
 
I was interested to hear Bessel talk about the benefit of rhythm and interaction in this process. He reflected on the benefit of being part of something, of needing to respond back and forth, and of being in tune with others as a way of providing social engagement and resonance that can help us heal and hold our experience.
 
Suggestions offered of activities, along with psychotherapy, that help this were things like martial arts, boxing and playing in a band. I add to that singing in a choir and dancing as similar activities of rhythm and interaction, and I am sure there are many more.
 
Which activities in your life give you a sense of both rhythm, and interaction with other people? I’d love your input, because the more options we have, the more we can find things that fit for each individual to accelerate healing.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.