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Tag Archive: art

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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May 03 2013

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 I am an artist, I have not yet explored expressive arts therapies for PTSD (art, dance, music etc.) In this exercise the main healing mechanism is somatic, however the art component enhances the somatic component …

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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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Oct 15 2012

PTSD Definition Illustration

This is an illustration of the key components of a diagnosis of PTSD. I think PTSD can arise from an actual, threatened or witnessed event. The PTSD may not last as long but there are definitely cases of PTSD that arise from being a witness to a horrific event that occurred  to someone else, especially …

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Oct 14 2012

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 2011 had sessions with an excellent Somatic Experiencing therapist to address symptoms of PTSD (Somatic Experiencing is the somatic therapy developed by Peter Levine). A central component of Somatic Experiencing is the “felt sense.” The …

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Oct 14 2012

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 information out of it as fast as possible. This is called being hypervigilant. We may not notice, but underneath this habit of watching our surroundings is a kind of wild, scared feeling of searching for …

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Oct 08 2012

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 we distinguish between anger related to developmental challenges (for example anger due to abandonment as a child), versus anger lodged in the nervous system after an impactful traumatic event (“fight response”, “flash rage”), versus anger …

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