Prostitution, Kate, Thirteen Years discussed on WAOK Programming
I'm Laurin marriage and family therapist and together with a co founders of trained therapy group is psychotherapy practice in L A that focuses on treating trauma addiction sex and relationship issues and today on the show, we're talking about the way that trauma shows up in people's lives often in ways that they're mostly unaware. So we were talking a little bit about have how when I used to work in the prison systems, Lauren it was so apparent how much trauma was being thrown and experienced on a daily basis people were just in survival mode all the time and one of the things that I did while I was working in one of the prisons was create this program designed to help people reregulate themselves, and this was a long time ago. I mean, I'm aging myself a little bit, but it was probably thirteen years ago. Oh, when I developed this program, and basically I recognize that there were a lot of women in the prison systems says when I worked at a female facility instead of a male facility for one short year, a lot of the women were incarcerated on charges that were directly related to their sexual trauma histories. So what I mean by that is their charges revolved around things like drug trafficking and the request or demand of a boyfriend or a pimp. They revolved around things like prostitution oftentimes that women were compelled or forced into engaging in prostitution. They also were very aggressive and some people were incarcerated because they got into fights very frequently which is a trauma response, right or even addiction many people get arrested for many facets of addiction and trauma response as well. It is so he developed this program because I was recognizing that the talk therapy. They were exposed to was helpful. But it wasn't quite getting into, you know, the kind of resolve that they were hoping for and the prison was getting really frustrated because there were a lot of fights breaking out amongst the women. And there was just a lot of dysregulation. So the program that I created which we have adapted and us now very regularly at trained therapy group was called reviving thrive. And this program was designed to incorporate group therapy and psycho education about trauma. So calm. Conversations kind of like what we're having today each week about how trauma impacts women in different way. And then also incorporated a specific kind of yoga called trauma, sensitive yoga, which was designed for trauma survivors to get into their body in a way that feels safe and autonomous and well boundaried and developing interception, which most of them have been so cut off from right? So interception is our capacity to understand our body's internal cues and make sense of them. So anytime your stomach growls and you go, oh, I'm hungry. Congratulations. You've just had an interest moment or being able to recognize when you're anxious if you were to just say instead of I'm anxious like oh am noticing pressure in my chest. Because if we can notice that and just sit with it. We don't always have to react to it. Exactly. Right. So it's about building vocabulary. So what we noticed as we rolled out this program in the prisons is that the women who participated in it became so much more. Well, regulated that they were able to exercise a concern. Considerably higher level of impulse control the fights decreased their relationships with peers in the prison system, and their family and friends outside improved and their risk for recidivism, really decreased. Because they started to understand the ways in which they're dysregulation lead them into criminal behavior. So this is really a remarkable group, and we've seen this so often in our work at Triune, and I'm so excited that you are facilitating next. Thrive. It's going to be such a rich group. So again, this group is for women who are looking to recover from any kind of trauma, and it's a really safe space designed to help women examine how they've been impacted by different kinds of trauma, and how to get back into their bodies in a really safe and decided way. Yeah. And that being said, I just want to point out if you're listening to an earlier segment, we were talking about how many people don't remember their trauma, or they might have had a mental trauma. But they're noticing. They have a lot of the physical manifestations of trauma. This group is also designed for people that have those symptoms and might not even remember anything traumatic. Yeah. Now often have patients say to me will Kate. I didn't get sexually abused. I've never been assaulted. I've never been held at gunpoint. I don't know if this group is right for me. But the way that I gauge whether or not somebody's a good fit for this group is do they feel dysregulates to they feel like they can't contain their big feelings or reactive in their relationships. Are they? They struggling to function. Yeah. Or achieve their most realized potential when it comes to their sexual and relational abilities, you know, even life goals often shows up in business or their careers that they don't have the self-esteem, and they often get going into shutdown, and so they're not able to achieve some of the goals that they want to achieve right, right? We work with a lot of moms who say, I can't believe I'm yelling at my kids. The way my mom or dad used to yell at me or in a way that I never wanted to be right? That is a trauma response rate also deals regulation. Now, what's happening is they're unconsciously responding. That's where it's a trauma reaction another thing. I wanted to point out is that I often see people achieve a certain level of success and once they achieve that success. They self sabotage DIA professional success like talking about professional success because it's. Like overwhelming, and they you know, because of their trauma, they go into shutdown, and they sabotage so that they have this belief system that they are unworthy or don't deserve. It couldn't happen to them. Yeah. We see that so often. So that group starts when we're starting not group. It's gonna be Wednesday nights from five to seven to to our group and starting the week after thanksgiving. Okay. Wonderful..