Trauma is well understood as something that affects the entire body, as well as the ability to recognize bodily signals. Childhood trauma survivors can experience changes to their inner experience that make it difficult to understand, communicate, and self-regulate their physical and emotional needs.

My name is Kelly Mahler, and as an occupational therapist, I use body-focused activities to help my clients connect (or reconnect) with their physical and emotional needs. Trauma responses can pose unique challenges to developing self-regulation, but these body-focused or interoception-based activities are the most effective way to approach the regulation of trauma responses.