June 13th @ 2:00pm

Zoom
Day #1

We discussed that in 2022, I had established with Martin via telephone and during our conversations, I provided information about my past, childhood, adolescence, addiction to benzos and PAWS.

We talked about my experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations and my experiences with mainstream medicine, functional medicine, naturopathic and holistic medicine.

We briefly went over the different types of therapy I have been through, the goals and outcomes. We also discussed medications & supplements I am currently taking.

We talked about the difference of speaking about trauma vs. processing trauma. Martin gave an example of a Navy Seal and his experiences and the potential difficulties transitioning back to everyday life.

We briefly talked about a plan to slowly examine the trauma and to process the events. We talked about the relationship between the experiences and current behaviors and ways of thinking.

Martin agreed that one or two sessions could be had as “family sessions” with my brother & wife.

June 20th @ 8:30am

Zoom
Day #2

We discussed historical information about my experiences with trauma. We also discussed future appointments that would introduce first, coping mechanisms followed by processing practices of traumatic experiences.

July 1st @ 10:30am
Zoom
Day #3

We first began the session discussing my concern with the recent exposure to summer heat and my physiological and psychological response to heat exposure and exposure to the sun.

Martin discussed psychosomatic symptoms that are complicated by mental factors. He discussed having excessive thoughts, feelings or concerns about the symptoms and how they affect my ability to function well.

He discussed the areas of the brain, the amygdala and the brain stem. He discussed fight or flight, mentioning that there are four components; fight, flight, freeze and fawn.

He explained fawn as an approach to critical situations opposite of fight.

Martin introduced a website of interest that he recommended I research as self-help from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au).

He recommended I access the Resources, Looking After Yourself and subject matter, Self Help for Mental Health Problems.

He compared the Navy Seal and individual with anxiety. He discussed the heightened state of being of an anxious person as opposed to a relaxed individual who did hat carry any traumatic scars.

He pointed out how the Navy Seal returning home may have transition issues related their being over adaptive. He discussed at length, the over adaptive mind.

Maladaptive behaviors are actions that prevent people from adapting, adjusting, or participating in different aspects of life. Such actions are intended to help relieve or avoid stress, but they may contribute to increased distress, discomfort, and anxiety over time.

Martin discussed practicing breathing and other coping techniques at our next meeting.

July 11th@ 1:00pm
Zoom
Day #4

Technology issues forced us to do a phone appointment.

We discussed the material provided by the Centre for Clinical Interventions, especially the material on Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

One of the body’s reactions to fear and anxiety is muscle tension. This can result in feeling “tense”, or can lead to muscle aches and pains, as well as leaving some people feeling exhausted.

Think about how you respond to anxiety. Do you “tense up” when you’re feeling anxious? 

Muscle relaxation can be particularly helpful in cases where anxiety is especially associated to muscle tension.

Think about how you respond to anxiety. Do you “tense up” when you’re feeling anxious? Muscle relaxation can be particularly helpful in cases where anxiety is especially associated to muscle tension.

We also discussed examples of somatic and psychosomatic events and their interpretation.

The DSM was referred to, specifically the pages on Somatic Symptoms on page 311 of the 5th Revised Edition of the manual. Attention was brought to the following material regarding Somatic Symptom Disorder:  “Diagnostic Features Individuals with somatic symptom disorder typically have multiple, current, somatic symptoms that are distressing or result in significant disruption of daily life (Criterion A), although sometimes only one severe symptom, most commonly pain, is present. Symptoms may be specific (e.g., localized pain) or relatively nonspecific (e.g., fatigue). The symptoms sometimes represent normal bodily sensations or discomfort that does not generally signify serious disease. Somatic symptoms without an evident medical explanation are not sufficient to make this diagnosis. The individual’s suffering is authentic, whether or not it is medically explained.” (Emphasis added)