Category Archive: PTSD Illustrated

Apr 29 2014

Measuring One’s Unique Experience of Trauma – Measuring Trauma Graphic

This graphic is a tool I created that one can use to evaluate one’s unique experience of trauma. It contains a list of different spectrums of experience one can use to reflect on where their own experiences may fall and how this very personal combination of factors could have contributed to or reduced trauma related …

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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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Jan 06 2014

7 PTSD Feedback Loops

In the book I have been working on, The Art of Healing Trauma (tentative title), which chronicles my healing journey through PTSD, I identify 7 Feedback Loops that act like quicksand, pulling one further into PTSD even as one desires to find one’s way out. This needs further research, but feedback loops could be one …

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Sep 29 2013

About Goodness – An Illustration for Peter Levine’s Self-Holding Exercises

Here is an illustration to be included in the section about Peter Levine’s work (in the book I am working on): Peter Levine wrote a book in 2010 entitled In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and in the webinar (the 2013 Trauma Therapy Webinar Series produced by NICABM, National …

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Sep 29 2013

Peter Levine’s Self Holding Exercises for Sufferers of PTSD – PART 2

This is Part 2 of this article Click here to read a Spanish translation of this article. Click here to read a Russian translation of this article. Peter Levine’s 2 Step Self-Holding Exercise Synonyms (alternate titles): Inter-palmal Self-Regulation, (inter-palmal = between the palms, self -regulation = regulation of one’s own physiology), Self-Therapeutic Touch, Hand Placement …

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Sep 29 2013

Peter Levine’s Self Holding Exercises for Sufferers of PTSD – PART 1

I had the wonderful opportunity to watch the 2013 Trauma Therapy Webinar Series produced by NICABM, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. In the interview with Peter Levine that aired April 3, 2013, at 21:07 Levine introduces some basic but effective techniques one can do with oneself at home to anchor and …

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Oct 27 2012

Tool for Measuring Trauma and The Likelihood for Developing PTSD

Note that there is a more developed version of this graphic here. This graphic depicts many different characteristics of what could be referred to as “Big T” trauma. I consider “Big T” trauma to refer to one impactful event or a time period of extreme stress with a clear beginning and end. The items listed …

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