Tag Archive: art therapy

Jul 27 2015

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 PTSD. I’ve finished this one design and added three different backgrounds. I have another design I’m working on of fish underwater which I will add to this post if I can finish it. 1. Coloring …

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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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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 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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