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The Art of Healing Trauma Coloring Book Front Cover

The Art of Healing Trauma Coloring Book-Look Inside the Book

The Art of Healing Trauma Coloring Book is here! I haven't been able to write for my blog for months ...
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A cartoon depicting a couple laying on a blanket. The girl raccoon says "Maybe I'm incapable of being in a relationship," and the guy raccoon says "yeah." The girl is holding the hand of another guy who is the depiction of PTSD

Nine Reasons a Person with PTSD May Be Incapable of Meeting Their Partner’s Relationship Needs

People sometimes ask me for help to gain some understanding of, get back together with or be a better partner ...
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a person and wolf laying underneath a forest of fir trees

Wolf Fur, A Poem To Soothe Anxiety (Read This to Calm Yourself Down and Increase Self-Presence)

Be very still like a cat waiting on a mouse, like the snow blanketing at dawn. Quieting. Breathing. Allow the ...
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face of Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why with a list of Positive and Negative Effects on either side

13 Reasons Why: The Positive and Negative Effects on Someone Frequently Suicidal due to PTSD

This article discusses suicide. If you're struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 ...
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My Story - The Day I Saw Beyond the Whirlwind

My Story – The Day I Saw Beyond the Whirlwind (Creative Writing About PTSD)

It’s Story Time! Story Time is when I look through my Journals and find creative writing pieces describing what it’s ...
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image of yellow stars with blue color below and words The 8 Step Immobility Healing Exercise

The 8-Step Immobility Healing Exercise – How To Turn Immobility into a Door to Healing Past Trauma

If you find yourself frozen in immobility, what should you say - and what should you not say - to ...
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Help Now! Activities Poster

Resiliency Building “Help Now!” Activities

Help Now! Activities are ten quick, simple, practical and easy to remember activities designed to get you back into the Resilient ...
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It's easier to do Self-Care after the Self lost to trauma has been rescued, revived and rehabilitated

Kaleidoscopes of Chaos – How Traumatic Boundary Violations Destroy The Capacity for Self-Care

This essay discusses how childhood and relational trauma can violate boundaries and sense of self, and how restoring the fundamental ...
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a man in shorts walking leading a nervous system by the hand

Resiliency Building Skills to Practice for Trauma Recovery

Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more "resilient." Rather than spend a few hours or even ...
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On The Importance of Titration for Trauma Healing

On The Importance of Titration for Trauma Healing

I've been looking into getting trained in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). CRM is a training anyone from the general ...
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21 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD Handle a Triggering Appointment

21 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD Handle a Triggering Appointment

Because my traumas were medical in nature, it has been challenging for me to handle any appointment with a doctor ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Cognitive Distortions and PTSD (Robot Suit and Dinosaur Suit)

Exploring the Relationship Between Cognitive Distortions and PTSD (The Robot Suit and The Dinosaur Suit)

Cognitive psychologists examine how PTSD arises from stressful thoughts while somatic psychologists focus on how PTSD arises from the body's ...
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The Dinosaur Suit - My Life with PTSD

The Dinosaur Suit – My Life with PTSD

During the first three years of having PTSD (2007 - 2010), I felt like I had a Dinosaur Suit on ...
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PTSD Challenges - Communication

PTSD Challenges – Communication

Trauma and communication is a huge topic. I am touching on problem areas that I have personally experienced but there ...
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PTSD Challenges - Perceiving and Experiencing Goodness

PTSD Challenges – Perceiving and Experiencing Goodness

(This is Part 3 of the article How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life that covers #4 The ...
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Th threat response as experienced in PTSD can impair decision making, for article How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life Part 2 - Activation of the Nervous System

How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life Part 2 – Activation of the Nervous System

PTSD sabotaged my efforts to get dental treatment for 8 years. This article goes a little bit into the story ...
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black and white illustration, drawing, of a girl leaning on a big piece of wood blocking her from a nice sun and hill with trees. For article How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life - Part 1

How PTSD Can Block Successful, Effective Outcomes in Life – Overview of 10 Ways

PTSD can be Detrimental to Physical Health PTSD can contribute to the development of health problems. The muscular, chemical, nervous ...
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A deer stands with an engine running full blast inside and car brakes being applied by feet outside her body

Immobility, The Freeze Response to Trauma – The Story of the Deer in the Road

It's Story Time! "The Deer in the Road" Once upon a time a deer wandered out of the forest and ...
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Ghosts and Flowers - The Paradoxes of Post Traumatic Growth

Ghosts and Flowers – The Paradoxes of Posttraumatic Growth

It's Halloween, a day of ghosts, ghouls and goblins - but this image is not about the ghosts of Halloween ...
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Being in a Relationship with Someone with PTSD - A Video Game Analogy

Being in a Relationship with Someone with PTSD – A Video Game Analogy (Pt. 1)

Sometimes using an analogy helps enhance understanding. What if you met someone with PTSD inside a video game? What would ...
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Self-intervention is a necessary part of integrating after trauma

23 Things I Wish People Understood About PTSD

I've seen a number of great lists floating around the internet about what people with PTSD wish the people around ...
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Using Your Past Self as a Healing Resource for PTSD

Using Your Past Self as a Healing Resource for PTSD

PTSD and Driving Don't Mix Well My Mom recently bought me a car (on June 16th to be exact). So ...
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Free Coloring Pages for De-stressing

Free Coloring Pages for Relaxing & De-stressing

Calm down and color! I've been working on some coloring pages to include in my book of self-healing exercises for ...
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a reminder to breathe

Breathing Exercises for Stress, Anxiety & PTSD

I've been working on 3 articles about PTSD and the Healing Powers of the Breath. They are coming along, but ...
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Heaing from Trauma and PTSD - Nine Reasons Not To Talk About What Happened

Healing from Trauma and PTSD – Nine Reasons NOT to Talk About “What Happened”

I believe that the telling of one's story of trauma can be a sacred and therapeutic act. But the story ...
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Three challenges to meditation when healing from trauma and PTSD

Meditation and PTSD, A Self-Research Study PART 2 – Three Potential Challenges of Meditation for PTSD

(continued from PART 1) One thing I set out to do initially with this experiment on meditation and PTSD was ...
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Meditation and PTSD - 9 Benefits

Meditation and PTSD, A Self-Research Study PART 1 – Nine Potential Benefits of Meditation for PTSD

On February 28, 2014, I posted an article entitled Potential Psychological Dangers of Meditation – Especially Relevant for Those with ...
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Trauma Recovery - Give Yourself Space, Time, Silence, Self-Expression

Trauma Recovery – Four Things to Fiercely Give Yourself (Space, Time, Silence and Self-Expression)

Trauma is an obliterating experience. It obliterates important parts of our identity; our sense of place and purpose in life; ...
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PTSD Symptom Monsters Eat the Positive Thought

Why It’s Difficult to “Think Positive!” When You Have PTSD

If you have PTSD you may notice you have an overwhelmingly negative outlook on life. You may see motivational messages ...
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Today I wanted to touch the water droplets, the ones from today.

30 Haikus About PTSD (Haikus 6-10)

Most of these haikus are more related to my earlier years of PTSD than the current time of PTSD. I ...
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Novocaine Zombie – A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD

Novocaine Zombie - A Poem About the Frequencies of Terror of PTSD 95-100 sheer terror blown apart stretched far beyond ...
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Exercise: Relax!

Synonyms: Self-relaxation through Visualization Healing Mechanisms: Visualization, Active Imagination Comments: This exercise is just one example of how to use ...
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Oh grandfather moon, did you shine somewhere as I was broken? 30 haikus about ptsd.

30 Haikus About PTSD (Haikus 1-5)

I attended a Writing from the Heart workshop with Aile Shebar on June 14, 2014. During the workshop, Aile Shebar ...
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Transmitting PTSD From Generation to Generation

Transmitting PTSD From Generation to Generation

I'm excited to introduce a guest blogger to my blog. Stewart Canter is a seasoned psychologist specializing in trauma treatment ...
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How To Make a Therapy Pillow

How to Make a Therapy Pillow for Grounding

Comments: Grounding is the practice of consciously and deliberately connecting to the earth and to one's own body for self-regulation ...
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Two Ways to Ground Using Pressure

Grounding for Trauma Healing – Two Ways to Ground Using Pressure

I love using pressure for grounding. In the above illustration, I show the way pressure can sometimes help to dissipate ...
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Grounding Using a Therapy Pillow

I Get Dramatic Results when Grounding Using Pressure

When I do “Grounding Exercise - Feet, Seat and Back” my level of activation decreases to some degree, usually 10-30% ...
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Grounding Exercise – Feet, Seat and Back (Using Focused Attention on Sensations)

Synonyms (Alternate Titles): Into The Body Exercise, Physical Containment and Support Exercise, Connecting Body To Earth Exercise, Mind Body Ground ...
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grounding for ptsd

Grounding for PSTD

Grounding is a powerful tool in the trauma healing toolkit because it generally reduces states of activation, sometimes quickly and ...
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PTSD Push-pull Relationship Dynamic

How PTSD Disrupts Relationships – Part 3 – “Come Close To Me! Get Away From Me!” Push-Pull Dynamic

Things have been changing very fast ever since I found a Somatic Experiencing Therapist. When I began SE therapy on ...
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50 Ways PTSD Creates a Wall in a Relationship

How PTSD Disrupts Relationships – Part 2 – 50 Ways PTSD Undermines Intimate Relationships

In How PTSD Disrupts Relationships - Part 1- The Relationship Foundation we looked at some ways PTSD may affect the ...
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How PTSD Disrupts Relationships Part 1

How PTSD Disrupts Relationships – Part 1 – The Relationship Foundation

Do you remember when you were little and you first met a friend? Maybe your best friend? I remember just ...
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Healing Words for PTSD

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 -- ...
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Go to Interactive Story for Learning to Handle Anger Using NVC

Learn to Handle Anger Using NVC – Interactive Story

Miss Kitty has an anger problem. Can you help her? Can you show Miss Kitty how to decide to think ...
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The Slowed Down Thinking Exercise

The Slowed Down Thinking Exercise

It’s time to slow down that fear-based thinking! When we are hyped up or keyed up, we tend to think ...
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The 5 Step Self-holding Exercise for Self-Regulation of PTSD Symptoms

The 5 Step Self-holding Exercise

The 5 Step Self-holding Exercise is an exercise I compiled from various sources that has been really helping me a ...
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15 Trauma Healing Goals - Symbolic Representations

15 Trauma Healing Goals – Symbolic Representations

I've been having a lot of fun lately drawing symbols. You see, I want to put symbols next to each ...
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Pendulation 13 Benefits

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 ...
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Pendulation Painting

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 ...
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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 ...
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Pendulation Somatic Experiencing

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 ...
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measuring trauma

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 ...
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Rapid Resolution Therapy >> Healing from Trauma Session

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 ...
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Therapy...Stepping into Safety and Self » Healing from Trauma

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 ...
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PTSD and the Body

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 ...
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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 ...
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Understanding Guru Personalities – A Comprehensive Analysis of The Work of Byron Katie

(Guru Analytics Article 4) Like many spiritual gurus, Byron Katie seems to mix truth and lies, help and harm, wisdom ...
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My Insights about The Work of Byron Katie from 2001 to 2014

(Guru Analytics Article 3) I began studying The Work of Byron Katie in 2001. In the past 13 years I ...
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REBT and The Work of Byron Katie – A Comparison

(Guru Analytics Article 2) The Work of Byron Katie and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (a cognitive therapy developed by Albert ...
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The Work of Byron Katie Could Accidentally Cause Problems In Psychologically Vulnerable People

This is my first "guru analytics" blog post. In this series of posts I am attempting to do a kind ...
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7 PTSD Feedback Loops

In the book I have been working on, The Art of Healing Trauma (tentative title), which chronicles my healing journey ...
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Peter Levine Self-soothing Hand Positions

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 ...
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Self-Soothing Hand Posisions Part 1

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 ...
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Peter Levine

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 ...
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Trauma Healing Exercise – Body Awareness & Art

This exercise combines Somatic Therapy and Art Therapy. I have gotten so much from doing somatic therapy for PTSD. Although ...
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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 ...
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Owning Your Heroism is an Important Part of Healing – A Message to Members of the Military with PTSD

I had the chance to talk with a member of our military today at Starbucks and this article expresses what ...
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When Flash Rage and Rageaholism Happen Simultaneously

In the two previous blog posts I discussed flash rage and rageaholism. Flash rages occur due to anger that is ...
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Are You Part Rageaholic? All About Rageaholism and PTSD

The definition of rageaholic is, "a person who gets excited by expressing rage; a person prone to extreme anger with ...
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PTSD Definition Graphic

PTSD Definition Illustration

This is an illustration of the key components of a diagnosis of PTSD. I think PTSD can arise from an ...
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The Felt Sense

Peter Levine’s Felt Sense Exercise

I read the book Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine back in 2009 and then from October 2010 until December ...
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PATH to the felt sense

The P.A.T.H. to Internal Awareness Exercise (Pressure, Air, Tension, Heat)

Comments: During our experience of PTSD we may find that we scan the environment constantly trying to get as much ...
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Flash Rage – Anger After Trauma is a Sign of Healing

What is anger? How can those recovering from trauma use anger proactively as part of the healing process? How can ...
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