Lady Gaga and the Chronic Pain of Trauma

"Let’s work together to beckon the world towards kindness." ~ Lady Gaga

In the Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, we witness Lady Gaga moving through her daily life, including how she manages the extreme chronic pain she experiences through her grueling schedule. During her acceptance speech at the ELLE Women in Hollywood event, Lady Gaga appeared to link this chronic pain to…

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Grief and Loss as a Rite of Passage

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It is often said that “the only constant in life is change” (quote adapted from Heraclitus).  As humans, we will inevitably experience many changes and thus losses in our lives. From graduation, to moving on from one job to another, to divorce, to losing a loved one to death, our…

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Yoga for Chronic Pain

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If you have a history of trauma or chronic pain, you may need to relearn the art of listening to your body in a safe and slow manner. This post explores the principles of embodiment and therapeutic yoga to working with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, or back…

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EMDR Therapy and Addictions: Developing the Pocket of Trust

Treating Addictions With EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change

After many years of practicing EMDR Therapy and working with addictions, I have noticed that there are key moments in therapy where the therapeutic alliance is necessary to support the client’s ability to have successful treatment, which I call the Pocket of Trust. The Pocket of Trust is an emotional…

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Working with Attachment Trauma and EMDR Therapy

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When therapists are first learning EMDR Therapy, they quickly realize that single incident traumas easily reprocess, and more complex cases do not respond using the standard protocol without learning more skills to recognize the underlying Attachment trauma. In order to successfully navigate Attachment Trauma, EMDR Therapists need to learn how…

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Somatic Interventions in EMDR Therapy

"The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Somatic Therapy engages body awareness as an intervention in psychotherapy and addresses the connections between the brain, the mind, and behavior. EMDR Therapists with training in somatic interventions have advanced tools to work with the dysregulation of the nervous system associated with post traumatic stress. Modern day somatic psychotherapies such…

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Books on Working with Somatic Interventions and EMDR Therapy

1503 Connections of the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Many EMDR Therapists receive training in body-centered ways of working with trauma to learn how to see trauma in the body and have interventions that will help the client move through and integrate the trauma more completely. If you are an EMDR Therapist interested reading more about how trauma impacts the…

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The Role of Resourcing in Complex PTSD

The following post was written by guest blogger, Katie Asmus, MA, LPC, BMP Complex PTSD is so very. . . well. . . complex! Those who have experienced ongoing stressful (and perhaps even abusive) life circumstances know that the impact of such a chronic state of stress is long-lasting. Our…

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