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Why isn’t talk therapy helping?

“Psychologists usually try to help people use insight and understanding to manage their behavior. However, neuroscience research shows that very few psychological problems are the result of defects in understanding; most originate in pressures from deeper regions in the brain that drive our perception and attention. When the alarm bell of the emotional brain keeps signaling that you are in …

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Are you in “Survival Mode”?

  “I’m ALWAYS tired” was a common statement Janine heard herself say throughout the day.  Not only did she feel exhausted at the end of the day, but she woke up feeling unrested.   Strangely, however, she felt both tired and “wired” once bedtime came.   As she moved through her day, she felt she was only checking the necessary boxes.  …

A Less Invasive Method for Treating Trauma and PTSD

How Accelerated Resolution Therapy Differs from Prolonged Exposure Therapy   In her Tedx talk “The Power of Rapid Eye Movements”, ART certified therapist Yolanda Harper paints a picture of a typical experience of a PTSD patient receiving treatment with prolonged exposure therapy: “Tell me about war.” “I was in Vietnam; people are dying.”   More detail is required here to illustrate …

How can you improve your emotional regulation?

Very simply, emotional regulation is a person’s ability to exert control over his or her emotions.  While it is generally recognized that emotions themselves are involuntary reactions to thoughts or situations, responses can be managed to lessen the intensity and duration in practice. Tips to improve emotional regulation: Take a Pause Taking a breath once an emotion is observed can …

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month – How to Support Others and Heal from PTSD In 2010, the US Senate declared June 27th National PTSD Awareness Day. Since then, it has been expanded to the entire month of June. Similarly, our awareness and understanding of PTSD continues to grow and expand, since its official recognition as a diagnosis in 1980. Below …