Associated fixes are those which require that you fully associate with an experience that you had at some time in your past. A normal human response to trauma or overwhelming experience is to "leave the body", or disassociate.
With associated methods, you fully immerse yourself in the original experience until you reach a stage of complete clearing. You should feel peaceful and calm with regards to the original experience and more than likely will obtain some insight or cognition into that experience. Just getting the cognition is not considered sufficient.
As mentioned above, fully immersing ourselves in traumatic experiences is not something we normally do. In fact, it is essentially the opposite of what we will want to do when faced with any experience that is overwhelming.
As a result, the acceptance of these sorts of treatments by most people (including most therapists and counselors) is not anywhere as high as that for treatments that promise to take us away from the pain quickly or to not require that we re-experience the original pain.
However, proponents of associative treatments argue that without full association, we will never truly undo the damage that is stored inside us at a cellular level. As such, it depends on what type of healing/fix you are looking for when you select an approach. If you want to be certain that you have fully dealt with the underlying source of the problems that you confront in your daily life, associative methods seem to offer the most holistic or integral resolution. If you are more interested in a rapid reduction in the pain, then other treatment options may be suitable.
There is another interesting aspect to this approach - a number of treatments demonstrate an understanding of the principles of association, but do not require clients to remain fully associated for more than a short length of time. These treatments can provide relief and some healing, but proponents of full associative healing would argue that the healing only gets started and does not reach its term unless a progress marker becomes evident. We call these treatments "Short Term Associated" to distinguish them from the others.
AER was developed after extensive research into which emotional healing techniques produced solid, lasting results in a short time and in an effective manner. The process used by each technique was examined, each component analyzed and the most effective parts noted.
AER is a fully associative method for emotional healing, which takes you deeply into the depths of your issues and guides you to resolution, after the initial stages of awareness and expression.
Fully Associated Therapies which primarily focus on resolving Natal and Prenatal trauma
There are a number of therapies which focus on resolving prenatal and natal traumas using variations of holistic re-living of these experiences through some sort of regression to that time.
Reports from clients of these therapies indicate that they are very effective but often require a substantial amount of time and determination on the part of the client, as reliving a past pain is something we tend to avoid, some times at a great cost to ourselves.
- Primal Therapy - Primal Therapy is a process that allows our emotional condition to heal by creating a safe situation for honest feeling expression. Repressed trauma can then be released and we can return toward our original balanced state. Facilitators must be experienced in their own process in order to be effective guides - this is not an intellectual exercise that can be learned and practiced from books. The client is always in control and can proceed or stop when needed, so that the necessary defenses originally created for survival are not removed too early. Such a breach of defenses can cause greater illness. Primal process follows the essence of the Hippocratic Oath - "Do no harm."
More information on Primal Therapy:
- Whole Hearted Healing
In some ways similar to Primal Therapy, Whole Hearted Healing was created to address the need to resolve traumas using a deliberate regression approach and to contemplate elements beyond traumas that we can recall. It is generally faster than Primal Therapy and has clear indicators of successful resolution of a trauma or string of traumas with a related emotional tone.
Using Whole Hearted Healing, one can regress back along a string of traumas, to periods before birth and conception, healing each trauma as it is encountered. One can also use WHH to heal a recent trauma.
Whole Hearted Healing makes use of the Calm, Peace and Light (CPL) indicator - when a trauma experience is held long enough to turn into an experience of CPL, it has been fully dissolved. The client then waits several moments to see if a similar prior event presents itself, and if so, it is then healed in the same fashion. Only once no prior events present themselves and the oldest has been healed to CPL is that healing process considered complete.
- Emerson Training Seminars - William Emerson's team offers workshops and training programs for the general public and mental and physical health care professionals.
From the Emerson web site: Clinical observation and research show that prenates are conscious and sentient beings, who remember and are affected by their prenatal and birth experiences. Pre- and perinatal researchers have found that unresolved traumas: impair intellectual and motor development; inhibit educational, social, and athletic performances; increase the risk of aggressive, hyperactive, attachment, and attention-deficit disorders; increase the risk of substance abuses and violence; and impair self esteem.
"Ninety-five percent of babies have mild, moderate, or severe birth traumas, and over one half have at least one severe prenatal trauma." (From Somatotropic Therapy by W. Emerson & Stephan Schorr-Kon). Resolving traumas has unexpected and surprising benefits. This is because, in the process of resolution, the depths of the psyche are accessed, along with instinctual forces which would otherwise remain obscure. Dynamic forces of innate intelligence, human potential, and spirituality are released. In addition, the treatment process uses and shapes important qualities such as empathy, perceptiveness, trust, self-awareness, and self-esteem.
"If I had a choice of adopting a traumatized or an untraumatized baby, I would definitely adopt a traumatized infant. This is because the process of trauma resolution not only resolves traumas, but it offers opportunities for character development, bonding and attachment that would otherwise not be available." - W. Emerson
- Interview: Therapy With Infants and Children
- Review of C-Section Trauma Video
- Treating Cesarean Birth Trauma During Infancy and Childhood
Fully Associated Therapies which primarily focus on resolving traumas from the early years of life
There are a number of therapies which focus on the traumatic events of our childhood. A trauma, by definition, is an incident that is so painful, emotionally or physically, that one tends to flinch or recoil from it, not to let oneself be fully aware of it or to repress it. It is the act of recoil and not some "objective" description of the incident that makes it a trauma. An event that is exciting for one individual may be in fact traumatic for another. The one for whom it is a mere exciting challenge may be able to "stay the course with it" and eventually master it; the one who experiences it as overwhelmingly painful will store it as a trauma.
- TIR - Traumatic Incident Reduction
TIR is a brief, one-on-one, non-hypnotic, person-centered, simple and highly structured method for permanently eliminating the negative effects of past traumas. It involves repeated viewing of a traumatic memory under conditions designed to enhance safety and minimize distractions. The client does all the work; the therapist or counselor offers no interpretations or negative or positive evaluations, but only gives appropriate instructions to the client to have him view a traumatic incident thoroughly from beginning to end. Hence, we use the term "viewer" to describe the client and "facilitator" to describe the person who is helping the client through the procedure by keeping the structure of the session intact and giving the viewer something definite to do at all times. The facilitator confines herself simply to giving a series of set instructions to the viewer; she offers no advice, interpretations, evaluations, or reassurances.
Short Term Associative
A number of treatments demonstrate an understanding of the principles of association, but do not require clients to remain fully associated for more than a short length of time. These treatments can provide relief and some healing, but proponents of full associative healing would argue that the healing only gets started and does not reach its term unless a progress marker becomes evident. We call these treatments "Short Term Associative" to distinguish them from the others.
Some of the more common examples of this would include the healing techniques developed by Gay Hendricks.
Insight Meditation is based on deep awareness of the self.