The Trauma Recovery Institute

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The Trauma Recovery Institute

A Neuro-Scientific Based PsychoSocialSomatic Approach

The Trauma Recovery Institute is a leading organisation in treating trauma and trauma based presentations which may manifest in chronic disease, depression, personality disorders, dissociation, ptsd and challenges in functioning in life and loving relationships. The Trauma Recovery Institute offers a number of nervous system based trauma informed therapies, courses, workshops and programs addressing underlying psychological trauma, chronic stress and the presenting symptoms ubiquitous with trauma. Our unique approach is trauma & polyvagal informed neurosequential orientated complex trauma recovery grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, an integrative, consilient and coherent blend of bottom up and top down therapeutics delivered through a framework of safety and collaboration helping clients on their journey from reactive survival to receptive secure functioning.
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Our Complex Trauma Specialist

Darren Maguire M.I.G.P.S is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and complex trauma specialist and currently serves as the clinical Director at Trauma Recovery Institute. Darren has a background in psychology, addiction treatment, transference focussed psychotherapy, conscious parenting and relationship coaching. Darren has developed a number of theoretical and practical models for working with complex trauma, sexual abuse and challenging relationships. These models are grounded in classical object relations, polyvagal theory, attachment research and interpersonal neurobiology. Darren also teaches lifestyle medicine and plant based nutritional science at Plant Based Academy. Darren is passionate about lifestyle medicine which is rooted in systems biology, and its clinical applications to help treat symptoms of the cell danger response such as chronic disease and autoimmune disorders. Darren has developed a unique multidiscipline approach to body mind medicine called Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP). Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is trauma & polyvagal informed neurosequential orientated complex trauma recovery grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, an integrative, consilient and coherent blend of bottom up and top down therapeutics delivered through a framework of safety and collaboration helping clients on their journey from reactive survival to receptive secure functioning.

Darren Maguire

The Trauma Recovery Institute Director

Trauma Clinicians

Trauma clinicians at The Trauma Recovery Institute have a wealth of experience in clinical hours, diversity of client work, research and scientific training and offer expertise in working with complex ptsd, personality disorders and sexual abuse recovery. We also offer a specialised trauma and polyvagal informed program for addressing intimacy and relationship challenges using trauma informed relational model. We offer in person and Skype consultations for you to explore our neuroscientific based psychosocialsomatic approach. These consultations are suitable for individuals, professionals, families and couples. The Trauma recovery Institute offers a very safe supportive space for deep relational work with highly skilled and experienced psychotherapists accredited with The International Group of Trauma Informed Psychotherapy Specialisation (IGPS), which holds the highest accreditation standard in Europe & USA. The Trauma Recovery Institute uses a highly structured psychotherapeutic approach called Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP).

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) at
The Trauma Recovery Institute

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is a highly structured, once to twice weekly-modified psychodynamic treatment based on the psychoanalytic model of object relations. This approach is also informed by the latest in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. As with traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy relationship takes a central role within the treatment and the exploration of internal relational dyads. Our approach differs in that also central to the treatment is the focus on the transference and countertransference, an awareness of shifting bodily states in the present moment and a focus on the client’s external relationships, emotional life and lifestyle.
Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is an integrative treatment approach for working with complex trauma, borderline personality organization and dissociation. This treatment approach attempts to address the root causes of trauma-based presentations and fragmentation, seeking to help the client heal early experiences of abandonment, neglect, trauma, and attachment loss, that otherwise tend to play out repetitively and cyclically throughout the lifespan in relationship struggles, illness and addictions. Clients enter a highly structured treatment plan, which is created by client and therapist in the contract setting stage. The Treatment plan is contracted for a fixed period of time and at least one individual or group session weekly.

Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is an overall evidence-based treatment approach for working with complex trauma and dissociation, that addresses the root causes of trauma-based presentations and fragmentation, and so results in long term recovery. Highly effective psychological and somatic techniques are woven into a carefully staged treatment approach, which systemically integrates significant relationships into the treatment process. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) seeks to heal early experiences of abandonment, neglect, trauma, and attachment loss, that otherwise tend to play out repetitively and cyclically throughout the lifespan in relationship struggles, illness and addictions. It is unique in that it approaches the body first (bottom-up processing) and unlike any other form of therapy also integrates the social element of looking at the clients nutrition, environment, support structures, relationships, level of intimacy and attachment style. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) involves working with the unconscious drive, behaviour, emotions, thoughts, body structure, posture and movements, the environment (relationships, support and nutrition) and transference.

At The Trauma Recovery Institute We Focus

on how to work more directly and effectively with bodily-based emotions, unconscious affect and transference - countertransference within the therapeutic relationship, especially in “heightened affective moments” of the session. Attention is also placed upon working with the defenses of right brain dissociation and left brain repression that blot out strong emotions from consciousness. This central focus on right (and not left) brain affect regulation in the co-created psychotherapy relationship shifts the clinical focus from a reasoned, coherent cognitive narrative to a spontaneous emotion-laden conversation. In this manner the clinical emphasis moves from objective cognitive insight to the subjective change mechanisms embedded in the emotional attachment bond of the therapeutic relationship itself. Trauma Recovery is a complex pursuit and due to trauma and neglect’s impact on all bodily systems, any approach to address the presenting symptoms will be an oversimplified model, therefore we must approach trauma with a multidisciplinary approach on top of cultivating presence and establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with our clients. Modules of treatments such as SE, EMDR, Neurofeedback etc may be helpful adjuncts but they are way too simplified to be effective treatment for trauma, complex trauma and the presenting symptoms of trauma and neglect. The right brain implicit self represents the biological substrate of the human unconscious mind and is intimately involved in the processing of bodily based affective information associated with various motivational states. The survival functions of the right hemisphere, the locus of the emotional brain, are dominant in relational contexts at all stages of the lifespan, including the intimate context of psychotherapy. The central focus of the psychotherapeutic encounter is to appreciate the client’s motivation, we need to discern the emotional experience he or she seeks. At times, the goal sought will be self- evident to client and [therapist]. At other times, the goal will lie out of awareness and will be difficult to ascertain. The golden thread in assessing motivation lies in discovering the affect being sought in conjunction with the behavior being investigated. In other words, understanding the need underpinning the behaviour, the corrective emotional experience so to speak. The right hemisphere is dominant for the recognition of emotions, the expression of spontaneous and intense emotions, and the nonverbal communication of emotions. The central role of this hemisphere in survival functions is that the right hemisphere operates a distributed network for rapid responding to danger and other urgent problems. It preferentially processes environ- mental challenge, stress and pain and manages self-protective responses such as avoidance and escape. Emotionality is thus the right brain’s “red phone,” compelling the mind to handle urgent matters without delay. Neurobiological studies also demonstrate that the right cortical hemisphere is centrally involved in “the processing of self-images, at least when self-images are not consciously perceived. Deep psychotherapeutic changes alter not only conscious but unconscious self-image associated with nonconscious internal working models of attachment. Both unconscious negative emotions and unconscious self-images are important elements of the psychotherapy process, especially with the more severe self pathologies. Thus, the essential roles of the right brain in the unconscious processing of emotional stimuli and in emotional communication are directly relevant to recent clinical models of an affective unconscious and a relational unconscious, whereby one unconscious mind communicates with another unconscious mind such at that with the therapeutic alliance.

The Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory provides a revolutionary map of the nervous system, describing the underlying basis for our behaviour and feelings. The theory proposes that much of our cognitive and emotional intelligence stems from our physical state. Our body has an innate sense of when we are safe and when we are not, and our body responds accordingly by speeding up our heart rate and stress levels if we feel unsafe and have the need to fight or flee— slowing down heart rate and higher brain functions when we are scared to death (“freezing”), or relaxing us and increasing our ability to engage socially and think creatively when we feel safe and appreciated. This internal ‘barometer’ is known as our autonomic nervous system, and Polyvagal Theory sheds new light as to exactly how it works on both individual and social levels. Chronic stress or trauma can prevent our autonomic nervous system from functioning in a healthy way, signalling danger when there is none and keeping us stuck in a state of survival. Social gatherings can be frightening and a simple meeting at work can become threatening. Living in prolonged states of survival often leads to unhealthy adaptive behaviours and significantly increased risks for chronic diseases.


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