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Verbal Abuse: Words Can Hurt

Research suggests that parental verbal abuse alone can impact the child’s brain development in ways that lead to language processing issues and symptoms common to complex PTSD. Continue reading

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Finding Home: Contextual Trauma Therapy

Contextual Therapy:Treating Survivors of Complex Trauma presented by Dr. Stephen Gold. Refers to the idea that it is not the traumatic events alone that impact a person but also what Dr. Gold describes as an “ineffective family environment” in which the child’s basic needs are unmet. The point of this is to help us become aware that many trauma survivors may need to learn skills and develop basic capacities that have been missing or lacking since childhood. Continue reading

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Trauma Stigma: We Are Only As Sick As Our Secrets

Our culture avoids seeing the link between childhood trauma and adult mental health problems. This creates stigma for the survivor, blaming the victim mentality and helps continue the cycle of abuse. Continue reading

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Childhood Wounds: Understanding Yourself in Context

Many psychological issues are created within the context of childhood experiences and family dynamics. Continue reading

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What is Trauma?

What do¬† therapists mean when we talk about trauma? One definition I like states that “psychological trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which: “The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed … Continue reading

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