Category Archive: Trauma Healing

Jan 06 2015

Grounding for PSTD

Grounding is a powerful tool in the trauma healing toolkit because it generally reduces states of activation, sometimes quickly and significantly. Experiencing an almost total reduction in activation just through grounding can be surprising, since grounding is very simple. Definition: Grounding is the act of connecting more deeply and completely to the body, strengthening the …

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Oct 23 2014

What I See is New, What I See is Safe – A Look Inside A Somatic Experiencing Therapy Session for PTSD

After 3 years hiatus, I am finally continuing Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapy and the first session was amazing. Takeaways — In this article you will: Learn 2 ways to re-associate triggers – the first I call Brain Reprogramming Via 2 Lists and the second, the way used during the SE Session, I call Exploring The …

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Jul 06 2014

13 Benefits of Pendulation for Healing from Trauma (Pendulation Article 4)

Pendulation is a healing tool that is part of Somatic Experiencing therapy developed by Peter Levine. In my experience as a SE client working on healing PTSD, I have found that pendulation can help us with the following: Embodiment – Being In The Body. Pendulation helps us to gain a deeper and more intimate awareness …

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Jul 06 2014

Paintings and Drawings about Healing PTSD with Somatic Experiencing Therapy (Pendulation Article 3)

This blog is a place where I tell my story of healing from trauma through my artwork. For this post I created a painting and a drawing depicting my experience of pendulation, which is a healing exercise frequently done as part of Somatic Experiencing therapy. There are more pieces of art depicting other aspects of …

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Jul 03 2014

All About Self-Regulation – Learning To Manage The Hot and Cold of PTSD (Pendulation Article 2)

As I wrote in Pendulation Article 1, I have been doing the Pendulation Exercise lately because of dealing with a lot of triggers. Here are some of my own results from doing the Pendulation Exercise: Sometimes after about 10 minutes of doing Pendulation I feel a 30% reduction of activation. Sometimes there is a moment …

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Jun 26 2014

Pendulation Exercise – Connecting to Resources (Pendulation Article 1)

Pendulation is an exercise to develop a relationship between the “unresourced” and the “resourced” parts of our consciousness or inner universe. Between the lost and the found, the fragment and the whole. Note that this is all from my personal experiences as a Somatic Experiencing client who experiences PTSD.   Stressed Out of My Mind. …

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Apr 06 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 2)

Here are some visual symbols that came up for me as a result of my second session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual intelligence The Three-pointed Flame – Symbol of Freedom, Clarity and Wholeness I saw a symbol of a flame …

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Apr 03 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 1)

I went to my first session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. In this post I am going to share some of the images that came up for me as part of my healing process during and after the session. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual …

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Mar 21 2014

The Body Has Become a Living Expression of Trauma

When I lived in California, my boyfriend would drive me from Berkeley across the Richmond Bridge and way out past San Rafael up into the hills, practically to the ocean. When civilization seemed to disappear and we reached the peak, where tall eucalyptus shed dry pods and sickle shaped brown leaves onto the sun dappled …

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Feb 28 2014

Potential Psychological Dangers of Meditation – Especially Relevant for Those with PTSD

There are 84,000 Buddhist meditation techniques*, and there are many non-Buddhist meditation techniques as well. There are sitting meditation techniques that use the repetition of mantras and guided meditation techniques that use visualization and imagination. There are short meditations and extended meditation retreats in which one may meditate for 10 full days. Each kind of …

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