Therapeutic Sound: Establishing Safety, Regulation, and Attachment in Adults With Developmental Trauma

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Fox-Smith, Melanie
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This comprehensive research analysis explores the intricate relationship between developmental trauma (DT), psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), attachment theory, and the application of therapeutic sound to address the outcomes of early life adversity. Highlighting trauma’s impact on the nervous system, it traces the evolution of our understanding of psychological trauma as neurobiological injuries that profoundly affect physical and mental health. It highlights the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) study, emphasizing the pathophysiological adaptations from early ongoing and unresolvable stress. Advocating a holistic approach to counselling, this paper highlights innovative therapeutic interventions that include the nervous system in treatment planning, while working to support the client’s sense of safety, security, and capacity for healthy relationships. Informed by research in PNI and social neurobiology, theory on therapeutic sound guides how to support nervous system regulation and promote healing of neurophysiological injuries resulting from trauma. This capstone research project broadens the scope of interventions available to counsellors and psychotherapists working with DT and opens avenues for future research in social neurobiology and the therapeutic potentials of sound. It calls for a paradigm shift towards a more integrative, client-oriented approach that centers on the biological underpinnings of trauma, with a focus on fostering resilience and well-being for adults who have experienced early life adversity.
therapeutic sound , sound therapy , complex trauma , developmental trauma , psychoneuroimmunology , social neurobiology , holisitic counselling
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