Childhood Trauma

Clearing the wounds of childhood trauma

What therapy helps heal childhood trauma?

Childhood trauma is one area dnms is used to treat. It is an ego state therapy that uses multiple approaches to heal clients attachment and trauma wounds. It is client-centered, strength-based, and grounded in resourcing so that clients can have true healing in a way that is effective and tolerable.

What is an attachment wound?

An attachment wound is a wound that occurs when something does not happen that should to take care of your emotional needs.

How do I know if I have attachment wounds?

During your assessment we will carefully and gently explore the relationships you have experienced in your childhood and adulthood.

What is a trauma wound?

A trauma wound occurs when something bad happens that threatens your safety.

My childhood was great but my adult life has been a disaster. Is this only for childhood wounds?

DNMS is used for trauma and emotional wounds that have occured in childhood or adulthood.
Throughout our lives, we deserve to be surrounded by loving and safe homes with consistent support from reliable caregivers.

If this has not been your experience, you may have trauma and/or attachment wounds that can be healed through DNMS therapy.

Your inner “self” is ready to take care of you...

experiencing emotional or physical trauma or neglect? parts of you may become stuck in the time when this occurs.
DNMS is a way to help these parts become “unstuck” so you can be joyfully connected to the present moment with your safe adult self.

What do you mean “parts of me”?

Great Question!

This is probably the most common question I get.

Our “parts” can be thought of as the family of ego states that may up our “self-system”.

I like to think of our “self-system” as our “beautiful whole”.

For example, there is a part of me that wants chocolate for dinner (and this part is loud!), a part of me that wants to be healthy, and a part of me that just wants whatever is fastest and most convenient and doesn’t really care about health or chocolate.

If these parts of me are healthy, they will work well together to come to a reasonable decision about dinner without causing my beautiful whole emotional or physical distress or driving me to behave in ways that don’t align with my values. 

If my parts are not in a state of health, this type of decision may fill me with anxiety, paralyze my decision making capabilities, or cause me exhaustion or overwhelm.

In DNMS, we meet and take care of your parts so that they can be and interact within your beautiful whole in a way that is comfortable and effective.

I’m not sure I “get it”...

No problem! When we do DNMS work to target childhood trauma, part of the therapy is learning the process!

A: This just depends on what you are working on. I recommend clients schedule sessions every week or every other week. Some clients may only need a few sessions and some clients will stay in treatment for several months. DNMS is also a great modality to use in therapy intensives.
A: This depends on your needs and goals. We will begin and end every session with a check-in and adjust according to your needs. We often use DNMS to prepare for trauma desensitization with Brainspotting.
A: I promise that you will never be required to talk about something you do not want to talk about. However, I think you will find that as we progress in this work, you will be surprised by how much certain parts of you want to be heard. Sometimes, we start with other approaches until you are ready for DNMS.
A: IFS and DNMS have a lot of overlap. The biggest difference clients notice is the resourcing that is used in DNMS. I think you will love this!
A: Yes. I have a longer intake appointment so that we can get started during your first session if you are ready to begin.
A: Yes! While both modalities use bilateral stimulation, there are many differences that makes DNMS helpful for clients who didn’t benefit from EMDR. DNMS is also a great modality to use in preparation for EMDR or Brainspotting.
A: DNMS is used for attachment and trauma wounds that often contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, disordered eating, and addiction.
A: Come with a curious mind and make sure you have a safe, comfortable, and private space for your appointment.
A: Afterwards, please make sure that you tend to your self-care practices (which hopefully you are learning to do every day).
A: Yes, many clients find biolateral/bilateral sounds or motions help them process. Please prepare at least 40 minutes of uninterrupted music of your choice.
A: Yes, this modality has been used successfully for over 20 years. Check out more information here: https://dnmsinstitute.com/clients/
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