Shelley's Corner: A Series on Emotional Trauma, Addiction, and Healing
Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. As a Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows.
Welcome to Shelley’s Corner! Each week, you can find me here sharing some interesting information and ideas. Any feedback or ideas about topics are most welcomed!
Claudia Black, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, and I just returned from Boston from the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference. In my opinion, this is THE BEST trauma conference that I attend each year. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, who is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, scours the planet each year looking for the latest and best trauma research. If he thinks the research will ultimately be valuable to trauma clients or clinicians, he welcomes these innovators to participate in his conference.
This year’s speakers updated us on the latest information concerning cutting edge theory and treatment practices. For example, the founder of Sensori-motor Psychotherapy, Pat Ogden, lectured and presented some film clips of clients working with her techniques. Her general approach to treating trauma is releasing the remnants, or “shadows,” of trauma that have been locked into our bodies. When it is released, not only does the body become freer and more spontaneous, but, likewise, our emotions can become much more comfortable.
At The Meadows, Pat Ogden’s Sensori-motor Psychotherapy is one of the trauma techniques many of our counselors utilize. We use this form of therapy, in conjunction with Pia Mellody’s Model, along with several other interventions that help heal our bodies and minds from trauma and addiction. It is my opinion that this whole package is unbeatable for helping people heal.
I’ll be back next week with some ideas about practices you can do on your own that may be helpful for many of you!
Shelley Uram, M.D.
© Shelley Uram 2014