In the last 20 years, there’s been a paradigm shift suggesting that treating the body first may be a more potent way of accessing trauma and creating change. Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) are a method that is emerging from this discovery. Based on research suggesting that stress, tension, and trauma is psychological and physical, TRE has been effective with first responders, members of the military, survivors of war and natural disasters, and is currently used in over 35 countries.
Robert Espiau has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years. Having worked in psychiatric facilities, prisons, residential and outpatient addiction programs, including facilitating gambling and sex addiction programs, he has worked with trauma and process addictions since 2001. He specializes in: religious trauma, combat trauma, first responders, cross-cultural identity issues and dissociative identity disorder. Outside of Western mental health, he has pursued the study of consciousness in religious systems and cross-cultural psychological paradigms. Robert has studied indigenous medicine and shamanism in the Amazon jungle of Yurayaco as well as Columbia and Sufi meditation methods with Dr. Siavash Tabrizy from Iran. He spent six years receiving formal meditation and monastic training within Zen, Hindu, Theravada and Gnostic Christian monasteries. He has taught meditation and mindfulness for the last 20 years to clinicians and clients for the treatment of impulse control disorders, and dissociative disorders.