The Trauma Recovery Institute

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About Us

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 trauma informed services, courses, workshops and programs promoting and educating on trauma informed frameworks.
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. Our Private Clinic is suite 10, 86 Amiens Street Dublin 1.

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 informed by the latest in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment research and grounded in the polyvagal theory. As with traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy relationship takes a central role within the treatment and the exploration of internal relational dyads. We adhere to the polyvagal theory principles promoting safety as the first step in our treatment approach and throughout. 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.
“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them. One of things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of life as it wanders in the journey of each day. The elusiveness of emotions and feelings is probably . . . an indication of how we cover to the presentation of our bodies, how much mental imagery masks the reality of the body” – Damasio

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.
Dynamic
represents the unconscious drives and transferential material
Psycho
refers to behaviour, emotions, beliefs and thoughts
Social
refers to the environment such as sexuality, intimacy, diet, relationships, and support structure
Somatic
represents the body, body structure, posture, movements, body armouring and poly vagal
Talk therapy alone is not enough to address deep rooted trauma that may be stuck in the body, we need also to engage the body in the therapeutic process and engage ourselves as therapists and clients to a complex interrelational therapeutic dyad addressing transference - countertransferential modes of communication, rupture and repair, right brain to right brain, limbic system to limbic system, in order to address and explore trauma that persists in our bodies as adults which can present as complex reenactments inside and outside of therapy and influences our adult relationships, thinking and behaviour.”
The Trauma Recovery Institute

The Neurobiology of Relational Trauma

In a relational growth-facilitating environment optimally regulated attachment communications directly influence the maturation of both the postnatally maturing central nervous system (CNS) limbic system, which processes and regulates social-emotional stimuli, and the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which generates the somatic aspects of emotion.  In contact to an emotionally responsive mother who down-regulates and repairs stressful negative arousal and up-regulates and amplifies positive arousal, the caregiver in a relational growth-inhibiting early environment induces traumatic states of enduring negative affect in the child and shows less interactive synchronous play with her infant. Because her attachment is weak, she provides little protection against other potential abusers of the infant. This caregiver is inaccessible and reacts to her infant’s expressions of emotions and stress inappropriately and/or rejectingly, and therefore shows minimal or unpredictable participation in the various types of arousal-regulating processes.  Instead of modulating she induces extreme levels of stimulation and arousal, very high in abuse and/or very low in neglect. And because she provides no interactive repair, the infant’s intense negative states last for long periods of time.  More specifically, the infant’s psychobiological reaction to trauma is comprised of two separate response patterns, hyperarousal and dissociation. 

  

Interactive psychobiological regulation provides the relational context under which the client can safely contact, describe and eventually regulate inner experience. It is the client's experience of empowering action in the context of safety provided by a background of the empathic clinician's psychobiologically attuned interactive affect regulation that helps effect change. This form of presence to right brain affect regulation is critical for change process in psychotherapy.
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Clinic Director

“To Exist is to Change, To change is to Mature, To mature is to go on creating one’s self endlessly – Henri Bergson
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). This approach 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.
Darren’s clinical approach reflects over 25 years of self-inquiry, integrative study, practice and teaching of transformational psychotherapies and radiates a heart-felt, compassionate, deep understanding of personality and essence. Darren also incorporates into his work his wealth of knowledge in nutritional science, interpersonal neurobiology, movement meditation dance, psychoneuroimmunology, core energetics, tantric sexuality and non-violent communication to accommodate his unique holistic multidiscipline approach to personal well-being. Darren is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practice to help people shift out of old patterns of response to life events – neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being.
Clients learn practical tools to help reconfigure and rewire “stuck” brain-behavior patterns, reduce stress and burnout, restore a sense of perspective, and recover a sense of balance, wholeness, connections with self and others, and open-ended creativity. The renewed neural flexibility in the brain helps them move from surviving to thriving in all areas of love and life.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot