Biology of Trauma® Podcast

With Dr. Aimie Apigian MD, MS, MPH

Episode 12

Where Do We Begin With Stored Trauma? With Alex Howard, Part 2

Show Notes

Today on Biology of Trauma, Alex Howard joins us for part two of our discussion on addressing stored trauma. I learned quickly through my clinical work that before you can address the biological aspect of trauma, you must stabilize the nervous system.


You’ll Learn:

In this episode, Margaret tells her story of how she came to recognize her defense mechanisms that stemmed from childhood trauma that prevented her from experiencing life in the moment. She used the 21-Day Journey to reclaim her life and her nervous system. Once she understood that her sense of safety was in her own control, Margaret’s trajectory shifted into a life of infinite possibilities.

By creating a sense of felt safety internally, you can increase your capacity to withstand external stress. The 21-Day Journey teaches you the tools to stabilize, support, and remain in the parasynthetic state so you can end the cycle of dissociation. When you strengthen your ability to withstand stress, you gain control over your nervous system and develop the ability to choose how you react rather than being trapped by your triggers.



  • [1:45] Where to begin with stored trauma? 
  • [2:40] Reaching the parasympathetic state before addressing the data points of your trauma 
  • [3:18] Stabilize, support, and then build the skills to remain in a parasympathetic state
  • [5:25] Building the nervous system’s ability to withstand stress before addressing the biology 
  • [7:20] Without clinical experience, theoretical approaches can actually hurt patients
  • [20:30] Doing the work with your nervous system allows you to choose how you react
  • [22:00] Creating your own sense of felt safety internally before focusing on external trauma work 
  • [23:50] Margaret’s story of stabilizing her own nervous system 
  • [25:00] Living life at a distance: going through the motions in full dissociation
  • [29:00] Coming to terms with the fact that she did not feel safe in the world 
  • [31:00] Self-sabotaging her own opportunities in health and beauty to avoid conflict in life 
  • [33:00] Learning to be present and experience life without dissociating


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