Tag Archive: art

Sep 23 2014

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 at a fast pace with a high level of urgency. We may feel as if our thoughts are racing out of control or going round and round in circles. Of course, this is not a …

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Sep 13 2014

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 lot lately with anxiety, stress and symptoms related to PTSD. Synonyms (alternate titles): Extended Sequence Self-Holding Exercise, 5 Step Self-Soothing Exercise, 5 Step Self-Calming Exercise Comments: Sometimes, when I am in a very high state …

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Sep 06 2014

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 exercise in the book of trauma healing self-therapy exercises I am working on. The symbols will indicate all the Healing Goals that exercise will help one achieve. So I got to work and – whew …

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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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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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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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