TOTAL RELEASE EXPERIENCE ( TRE )
Professor Gordon Turnbull, Consultant Psychiatrist. Wg Cdr RAF Retd. World Leading PTSD expert
Author of “From Lockerbie to 7/7: How Trauma Affects Our Minds and How We Fight Back”
My introduction to psychiatry from physical medicine coincided with the initial appearance of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in 1980 in the psychiatric classification manual DSM-III because I was serving in the military at the time (Royal Air Force) PTSD and trauma reactions became a prominent focus in our work.
The search for tools to treat PTSD initially depended on using established treatment methods, many of the psychotropic medications used to treat anxiety states and depression and cognitive and other psychological therapies were used in the new field.
PTSD became a prominent focus in research and provided a platform for the development of new treatment strategies, both pharmacological and psychological.
Over the intervening years, I have remained intensely interested in trauma work and have witnessed the most interesting development of body-focused psychological methods.
This is very relevant to trauma reactions which involve both mind and body. Exposure to trauma excites survival energy which has a transient, necessary and beneficial effect in short-term acute stress reactions but, if that survival energy becomes trapped in the mind and body then it creates ongoing strain which we recognize as hyperarousal, flashbacks and other intrusive images of the trauma and a host of ways to avoid reminders we call avoidance. These are the core features of PTSD, fuelled by trapped energy from the original impact of the trauma which has never been released.
The Total Release Experience is a method of releasing that energy from the mind and the body and eliminating the symptoms of PTSD and, in my experience, is very effective…..and….we didn’t invent it…..we observed it in other species who use it in the natural world as a way of preventing the development of their PTSD. ‘
Dr Tina Henshall
Consultant in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry
Some reflections on the TRE.
I am a Consultant in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry and have worked with individuals both in the community and hospitals with a range of conditions for 23 years. Treatment approaches have become ever more varied but essentially aim to address the biological, psychological and social dimensions of disorder and my view is that they all complement and ‘dovetail’ together. The emergence of therapies which consider the body as key to both the expression of mental disorder and also its route to healing have included for example ‘sensorimotor psychotherapy’.
I have attended two TRE UK workshops and engaged in individual TRE practice for the last 18 months. From my own reflection on this process I see the modality of the TRE as re-activating pre-existing natural healing mechanisms that we have mostly suppressed that still exist in animals not held in captivity. As such it could be a valuable part of a multidisciplinary approach for a range of conditions. I would be fascinated to see future research on this mechanism of release both from a psychological and neurophysiological perspective.
Mandy Bostwick MSc, MA, MBACP, ISSTD
Specialist Trauma Psychotherapist
The Total Release Experience® is an exciting treatment for the release of trauma energy trapped in the body. Despite years of international research in the field of trauma evidence shows that talking therapies alone are not enough to recover someone from a traumatic event, however despite the evidence talking therapies are the primary source of treatment used in the UK. Without removing trauma energy that is trapped in the body a person will not fully recover and continually talking about ones trauma has the ability to re-traumatise them and in some cases can make a person worse.
The energy releasing programme delivered by TRE UK®, once learned, has the ability to slowly process trauma safely at a pace a person can cope with. It is a healthier more direct way of releasing trauma that is held in the body. TRE UK® has developed this technique to a high standard which is not seen anywhere else in the UK®. Having worked with TRE UK® now for many years I have seen the benefits of this treatment and the release and relief this can give to clients’ suffering the debilitating effects of this disorder.
Dr Eli Babajiya Mama – Kent
I had been having nightmares after experiencing trauma in 2000, when our home in Nigeria was attacked and torched with us inside. Cognitive therapy sessions had not been totally successful.
I have felt the difference after the TRE sessions and will definitely continue them. My awful nightmares are less and have changed in pattern. From a negative victim being pursued to a more positive creative nature-however bizarre some of them are. My sleep at night (and occasional afternoons) are more restful.
I would definitely recommend you, Caroline, to my friends or anyone with stress or post-traumatic disorder.