“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” –Peter Levine, In An Unspoken Voice
How do we fulfill our life’s goals? What are the obstacles that prevent us from having more fulfilling relationships, overcoming patterns of self-sabotage and living more creative lives? Often what stands in our way is trauma experienced in our younger years. Here trauma does not necessarily mean a dramatic event—such as an accident, war, or a sudden attack of some kind—but rather the growing up in an environment where our physical, emotional, intellectual and/or spiritual needs were not adequately met.
Such trauma is referred to as developmental or attachment trauma, or C-PTSD (“c” for “complex”). The debilitating, long-term effects of complex childhood trauma have been recognized by special committees of the US Congress and the World Health Organization.
The good news is that with proper and competent care, traumatic experiences can be healed and make us more resilient. In the words of French author Albert Camus: “In the midst of my winter, I finally found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
Igal provides his clients with a non-judgmental, supportive, and welcoming space in which to explore their deepest desire for change. He strives to support his clients as they take steps to actualize their aspirations.
The therapeutic modality that Igal uses for healing trauma is called NARM (Neuro-Affective Relational Model)—an advanced form of trauma therapy developed by Dr. Laurence Heller. Igal is a certified Master-Practitioner of NARM as well as a teaching assistant in NARM training courses. In addition, Igal has trained extensively with spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl, whose teaching involves advanced modalities for individual and collective trauma healing.