Archive For: 2015 Trauma Series

Steps to Healing Trauma

The steps that truly, deeply heal trauma are simple, but have a profound positive effect on the nervous system of someone who has unresolved trauma. In my experience they are:

  1. Meet the person where they are. Don’t bring an agenda that says they have to be a certain way or act a certain way to be accepted and seen by you.
  2. Create healthy boundaries around the therapeutic relationship that work

Neuroplasticity and PTSD

Today I would like to delve deeper into the brain and look at what we currently know about trauma recovery, PTSD and brain changes.

The amygdala and the dorsal anterior cingulated cortex are the areas of the brain where prior hyperarousal can predispose someone to PTSD after trauma. Both of these regions are involved in feeling and expressing fear, and both appear to be overactive in people with PTSD, even …


Can You Feel the Magic?

In this week of blog posts about the issues surrounding unresolved trauma, someone sent me this story. For me it highlights what gets lost when trauma is frozen in the body, and why we would want to help it melt and heal. The animal kingdom operates at such a primal level and calls us to recognize and return to that primal level of who we are – deepening our moment …


Trauma Recovery – Who Recovers and Why

A person receiving nurturing touchRecently, longitudinal studies have begun to show us how trauma is recorded in the brain and what it looks like in brain scans when trauma is unresolved.

Resilience and overall health seem to be major factors in our ability to heal from trauma. A sense of community, and healthy connections within a community, have a major impact on healing. Nurturing touch is also a major component of healing trauma.

I …


Redefining Trauma

After 9/11 and the extensive media coverage that followed, what became imminently clear was that trauma may imprint in the body of someone who helplessly watches horrific events occurring as well as those directly impacted by trauma. War veterans, and those living in war zones, have long known about this experience. The wall-to-wall 24-7 coverage of the events of 9/11 contributed to an immediate growth of the population of people …


Trauma Recovery – Healing the Nervous System

I am very excited about this year’s Trauma Recovery to Ecstasy workshop on November 11-15th (yes, soon!) in West Va.  This past year has been full of new discoveries for me, bringing deeper understanding as I have caught up on the latest information about recovery from trauma. I will be sharing much of it in the new changes added to the class structure.

Sadness after traumaThere has been a general understanding for …