I started the Total Release Experience after suffering a moderate anxiety condition brought on by an unusual and unexpected predicament that happened in my life three months previous.
My symptoms at the time appeared to be gradually getting worse and my anxiety became quite intense. Although my doctor prescribed the usual medicines for the condition as well as a course of counseling to support; the treatment didn't seem to be helping. As a person who has always embraced the natural approaches to health and fitness often using holistic remedies and driven by fear of possible medicine side effects, my aim became to look at alternative treatment.
Although I tried counseling, I did not find it helpful to discuss my feelings in resolving the issue as I felt unable to fully discuss the problem with anyone. I attended Caroline's TRE group sessions with an open mind and admittedly I was skeptical at the beginning as to whether it would help and be effective enough to combat the symptoms I was experiencing.
Within just a few sessions, I felt a distinct improvement in my whole mindset. I was able to relax, sleep well and find humour in life again. It has improved my energy and focus considerably. I am so pleased I committed to TRE and continue to practice twice a week alongside meditation.
It’s high time I sent in some feedback about my miraculous Trauma Release Experience. I’ve now done a day long workshop with TRE UK in Dover (on 13th of Jan 2017) which was so amazing I immediately signed up to do a six week course, even though it meant laying off my EMDR treatment for the duration. Both Caroline at TRE and Anna Morgan, my EMDR therapist, agreed that doing both would just be too much. I have been seeing Anna for counselling and for EMDR for over a year. She very kindly suggested I come once a fortnight just for talk therapy whilst doing the six weeks of TRE thus making it easier to finance the TRE.
A bit of background: I have had a traumatic childhood followed (perhaps inevitably) by a difficult adulthood, and consequently I have done many years of talk therapy plus lots of yoga, mindfulness and meditation in an attempt to improve the quality of my troubled life and keep myself moving forward in a positive direction. It could be that the many years of therapy meant that I was in a really good place to reap the benefits of TRE at the age of 57. I took to it like a duck to water and knew immediately that it is what I need. I remain highly motivated to keep processing with TRE for the rest of my life. The real beauty of it is that Caroline and Daniel immediately set about teaching you to take your ongoing trauma release into your own hands. You don’t have to be dependent on a practitioner to sustain this practice. You can make it your own.
After my first session with Caroline and Daniel I felt this extraordinary sense of sitting comfortably inside myself for the first time since I was very small. As a small child living in the West Indies, I was like Mowgli from jungle book, more often in a tree than on the ground. I was also a gifted little ballet dancer. I was exceptionally comfortable in my own skin. Wild, willful, without any sense of limitation. I had no fear of the natural world, really none at all, of water and heights, and animals and bugs. But I was very afraid of my dad. He saw it as his job to teach me the meaning of fear by beating me. When I asked him about the beatings at the age of 40, he said, with a certain amount of apology in his voice: ‘You were fearliess as a child, Bub, it was very difficult to look after you’.
I’ve been carrying the emotional scars of those beatings ever since. And, according to TRE, the trauma has left an enduring imprint on my body. I had a session today, a one to one with Daniel, and, having worked with him for several weeks now, and built up trust, I found I could really let go in the session and have a good old shout and flail about. It felt so, so good and real and necessary. Daniel was amazing. I was completely supported by him. He is ‘fearless’ (to use that word again) when it comes to this work. You can feel his compassion and his earnest desire for you to get as much as you can from the processing. It’s like having someone in your corner in such a profound and unique way. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found Daniel and Caroline. They are both no-nonsense, highly-principled, gifted individuals. You might not think so when you first meet them, but wait until you start shaking. That’s what the TRE does it makes your body shake and release stress in a way that you have to experience to appreciate. When your body is making your feel rather ridiculous because it is behaving so strangely, that’s when Daniel and Caroline’s wisdom and experience really kicks in. They immediately de-shame you. They’ve seen this many times before. They are not at all fazed by what your body is doing. They welcome it because they know that it means you will feel on top of the world later. It’s so incredibly important to have the right guidance and coaching with TRE. It makes you very vulnerable. Blows you wide open.
It’s like being born again but this time without the trauma. Indeed the rebirth heals your accumulated trauma. I am grateful beyond words to Caroline and Daniel for introducing me to this miraculous healing process. And for handing it over so generously, and for offering ongoing classes should I need to ’top up’ and contact by email, about my unfolding TRE process, which will go on for the rest of my life.
“I’d like to thank Caroline and the team for introducing me to TRE, with the day to day stresses of working in the capital, hitting targets and paying bills I’ve definitely been searching for something to relieve what feels like a constant build-up of stress. The results though, for me have achieved more than just a relief. My sleeping patterns have improved, I dream less and when I wake I’m feeling more refreshed and focused.
Unexpectedly my bowel movements have started to affect me less, I’m aware that IBS can be related to stress, however, I had never thought I was one of the people that suffered for this reason, since practicing TRE my anxiety, developed from vulnerable situations where I’ve felt the need to run to the toilet has reduced significantly as well.
I now have what I call my time out when I practice TRE once a week and I’m loving this new addition to my routine with all of its benefits.”