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Coping With Grief During a Pandemic

The world we’ve known has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our daily life and that can come with many types of loss. Whether these losses include the missing out on many traditions, such as graduations or weddings, or losses of closeness in relationships, or the very real threat of losing a…

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Can the Global Pandemic be Considered a Trauma?

The swift change in the way we live our daily lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling lost and confused. Mix in the practice of social distancing and the disconnect from our family and friends and many people are experiencing a collective trauma. Join me as I talk with trauma specialist,…

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotion...

Grounding & Self-Soothing Techniques for Adults Use these skills to self soothe, calm and manage difficult, overwhelming emotions and sensations Learning how to self soothe is as important for adults as it is for babies. Grounding and self soothing is how we calm our bodies when we are overloaded by stress or overwhelming emotions. You…

Childhood Trauma: Why Therapy is Crucial for Healing

Guided by adults, you almost certainly took precautions as a child. You buckled your seat belt upon entering a car. Wearing a helmet was the norm when riding a bike. You looked both ways before you crossed the street. The list goes on and many items on that list became second nature as you grew…

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The Cognitive Impact of Childhood Traumatic Events

During childhood, we each experience countless events. These can range from mundane to extreme. The events that fall into an extreme category can play a major role in how we live our lives. When such events are negative or traumatic, they are known as adverse childhood experiences or ACEs. Every child has ups and downs.…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences: What ACE Survivors Nee...

In most cases, the word “ace” gives off a positive — even powerful — energy. But when it’s the acronym for adverse childhood experiences, ACE becomes ugly and sad. The acronym evokes trauma, violence, abuse, and the long-term negative impact they can impose on a young person’s life. ACE survivors need a wide and ongoing…

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Aftershocks: Understanding Adverse Childhood Events a...

There’s a deep, shattering connection between adverse childhood events and health. You might sum up that connection in a word: aftershocks. The growing number of children who undergo traumatic episodes experience pain and fear during those episodes. Adverse childhood events (or ACEs) range from physical assault to witnessing domestic abuse to living in the midst…

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Getting Sleep While Grieving

Our sleep is a delicate matter. We all know that keeping up with quality sleep is a critical component to our overall health and well-being, but sometimes life gets in the way of things and disrupts our usual sleeping patterns. In stressful or busy periods of our lives, sleep becomes more challenging to prioritize. Other…

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How EMDR Aids Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

The healing steps towards complex post-traumatic stress disorder recovery can be varied and many. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is an increasingly common psychological disorder. Often, treatment for complex PTSD may involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and other forms of therapy, including: Dialectical behavior therapy Exposure therapy Psychodynamic therapy Internal family systems therapy…

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Holidays On your Own? What You Can Do to Cope with Lo...

This season, with its emphasis on seasonal magic, goodwill, and togetherness, has a way of reviving heartbreak and deepening the longing for a lasting or lost relationship. As you navigate alone old traditions and gatherings, you may feel sad, angry, or depressed. You may feel unable to tap into the hope and happiness plotted in…

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What is It? How Does It Work?

DBT 101: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Basics – What...

When you’ve been troubled by the same problems for years and previous therapy hasn’t been very helpful, don’t give up hope. It might just be time to consider a new form of therapy. Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. If you’re not familiar with dialectical behavior…

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PTSD: Recognize the Signs and Learn How to Overcome I...

What is Trauma? When we undergo something negative, our brains make an adaptive connection to explanatory information to help us turn the experience into something more positive, like a learning experience. This adaptive process is what enables us to“get over” or “work through” our feelings. But when an experience is extremely negative for us, our…

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Learning to Live With a Chronic Illness and Your R...

If you live with a chronic illness, or if you were suddenly and permanently disabled, you’re not alone. Chronic illness and permanent disabilities are a fact of life for millions of people. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is also one of the hardest: accept that things are forever changed.…


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