Through the Science of the Physiology of Emotions
Exposure therapy, based on principles of classical conditioning, is an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not all clients might be able to cope with intense emotional and physical reactions from prolonged exposure that research shows is optimal for ensuring successful outcomes. The clients who have low levels of affect tolerance or are prone to physiological dysregulation are more likely to decompensate, dysregulate, shut down, dissociate, or discontinue treatment.
How does the ISP Professional Training complement Exposure Therapy?
Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) can help clients undergoing exposure therapy to cope with the intensity of experiences during prolonged exposure using their body as a container. ISP utilizes the science of a) the physiology of emotions and of b) the physiology of biological regulation to regulate the brain and body physiology to create a greater capacity in clients to cope psychologically and physiologically with the intense emotions that can arise in response to the stimuli employed in Exposure therapy. The increase in capacity to manage intense emotional and physical responses during exposure can decrease the chance that any client undergoing Exposure therapy would decompensate or quit treatment and increase the chance of a successful outcome. ISP can therefore be a valuable adjunct to those all who practice Exposure therapy.
ISP can also help therapists deal better with difficult emotional and physical reactions that arise in the countertransference, something that research shows can make therapists reluctant to practice Exposure therapy. From ISP, therapists can also learn how to develop and utilize inter-personal resonance through their body and use it to regulate unbearable experiences in themselves and in their clients.
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