How do you know when you’re getting better?

When you’re healing it helps to recognize the smallest signs of getting better! Learn about tracking signs of regulation and changes in your symptoms patterns. Also, my colleagues share their stories of how they first noticed they were getting better.

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What you should know about mind-body practices and trauma healing

When people are healing from trauma, they are often led to try things like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, massage, Craniosacral therapy, and so many more – but for people with trauma, there is no one size fits all approach. What worked great for your friend or hundreds of students of a renowned teacher may not work for you – and that doesn’t make you wrong. Here’s my suggestions for approaching healing methods (or support practices) to find what works for you.

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Healing from Trauma? First check your brakes

If you’re working on healing your trauma, you’ll want to avoid triggers as much as possible, but when you’re trying new methods and working with your nervous system’s over active stress responses, you’ll want to make sure you know how to reset after overwhelm hits. Here are some ideas about how to work with triggers and practice your “brakes”.

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Help for the Harsh Inner Critic

Ever feel like you are your worst critic? What if that critic is so toxic you get stuck? It happens. Here is a video and my best tips for starting to change your relationship with your harsh inner self.

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The Purgatory of “Why?”

Posted on June 8, 2015 If there were a version of Dante’s Inferno for trauma, the looping thought would surely be one of the tortures. “Why” is one that I’ve been hearing a lot lately. Last week, a client who has been seeing me for a few months came in for her...

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How to Tell Your Doctor about Somatic Experiencing™

Once you start having Somatic Experiencing™ sessions, you might want to tell your other helping professionals what you’re up to. People often say, “I told my doctor I was coming here and tried to explain it, but I don’t know if I was saying the right thing.” Sometimes clients want me to talk to their psychiatrist, psychologist or doctor. With time constraints that some professionals have, it might be important to have something you can say succinctly so that they get the idea.

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Thank Goodness for Chocolate??!

This is a story about my journey of changes that happened when my nervous system got more internally regulated. I changed a lifelong habit of relying on chocolate to manage stress. Unbelievable, but true!

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Part 2: From Calm to Clarity – Reintegration

After we work to stabilize symptoms, the next phase that arises is reintegration. This is when incomplete self-protective responses appear and are ready to be worked with. Read my coming out of freeze story and share your own! After freeze comes fight/flight and then into our healthy state of connection to Self and others (social engagement).

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From Chaos to Calm – Part 1: Creating a Container

The first phase of healing is stabilizing difficult symptoms. I call this building a container. Once peoples’ symptoms improve, things are usually a lot easier to manage. Then even deeper levels of healing become available. Find out more.

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