Season 2: Episode 5
Robyn Gobbel on reFRAMED Podcast
Guest Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S, joins reFRAMED Podcast Host, Emily Morehead, LPC, to talk about sensory and emotional regulation. Through years of working with complex trauma children, Robyn recognized that she wasn't adequately trained or prepared to know how to support the child, the environment, and their regulation. When the body is so out of control, there is no trauma processing or attachment happening. It's crucial to believe that every single thing that someone does is done in an attempt to make themselves feel better.
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Our Guest:

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy experience, specializing in complex trauma, attachment, and adoption. Robyn is a therapist, trainer, and consultant who recently relocated to Grand Rapids, MI from Austin, TX. Robyn’s diverse clinical training includes EMDR (including EMDR adapted for children with attachment trauma), Somatic Experiencing, Theraplay, Trust Based Relational Intervention®, Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Alert Program® and Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training. Robyn has integrated these training modalities with a foundation of attachment theory and the relational neurosciences to create an attachment-rich, sensory-sensitive, and relational neurosciences supported healing environment for children and families. Robyn consults, teaches, and trains extensively throughout the US, including as an instructor for the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate Program at Portland Community College and with the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate Program offered by Portland State University and Oregon’s Department of Human Services.


Show Notes:

In this episode, we talked about:

  • We have to get children's bodies moving and organize all the chaos that's happening in their body. As adults, it's our job to move in and attempt to make some sense of that for them so they can feel better in their body. 
  • Children with complex trauma often have disruptions in their sensory system.
  • The easiest way to think about sensory processing is that children who experience trauma early in their lives, in utero, as infants and toddlers, a part of their brain that's really working at developing there's a part of the brain that's also responsible for the parts of their body that we're not thinking about. 
  • Our heart and our breathing all have a specific rhythm. To help support these children, we have to support the rhythm of their body in a way that's not difficult. Using our senses to experience the world in a way to take in what's happening around us.  
  • Signs of a dis-regulation child could be that you're not wanting to be in connection or a relationship with them because you're annoyed, angry or frustrated. 
  • Remember that we all have sensory preferences and uses the sensory world to regulate. 
  • If we just use our eyes and pay attention, we can gather a lot of information on what our child needs our help doing. This helps them do things to help regulate them or that works for their setting. 

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