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What is C-PTSD?

What is C-PTSD?

Update: 2024-04-08



We first explored this question in Season 2 and felt it was necessary to revisit; with more altitude, updated research and further along in our healing journeys. 

In this episode, hosts Elisabeth Kristof and Jennifer Wallace dive deep into the realm of Complex Post Traumatic Stress, or CPTS, exploring the complexities of trauma and the impact on our nervous systems. We offer a comprehensive understanding of its five key components. The hosts share practical tools and emphasize the importance of healing and understanding our own nervous systems. 

Join us as we re-examine the language surrounding complex trauma and discuss the potential for real change and healing. We unpack its somatic and neurological effects, share practical tools for healing, challenge traditional perspectives on trauma, and empower you to cultivate a resilient nervous system. This conversation sheds light on how trauma affects not only emotions, but also posture, movement abilities, and overall brain function. Together, let's embark on a journey of self-understanding, compassion, and intentional neurosomatic rehabilitation


Topics discussed in this episode

  • Redefining Complex Trauma and the importance of language 

  • The 5 distinguishing components of Complex Trauma 

  • Somatic and neurological components of CPTS

  • The importance of Self Compassion 

  • Tools for repatterning 

  • Intentional Rehabilitation and learning your nervous system 

  • Impact of shronic stress on brain development 

  • Integration, dissociation, and creating safety in the nervous system


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What is C-PTSD?

What is C-PTSD?

Elisabeth Kristof & Jennifer Wallace