Tag Archive: psychology

Feb 21 2015

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. Stewart and his wife Lelia run Operation Pegasus, a nonprofit organization located near Asheville, North Carolina. Operation Pegasus uses Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) in conjunction with equine assisted therapy to help people recover from  traumatic …

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Jan 17 2015

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 intense activation in the nervous system. The red lines in the picture represent “activation” – upset, distress, fear, panic, terror, or other kinds of chaos and overwhelm. The activation can be provoked by a memory, …

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Jan 09 2015

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%. However, I have found that adding pressure to grounding increases the positive effects dramatically, reducing activation up to 90%. A month or so ago I was really activated – I was experiencing shortness of breath, …

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Jan 07 2015

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 Linking Exercise, Awakening Physical Presence Exercise, One Location One Time Exercise. Healing Mechanisms: Focused attention on bodily sensations. Focused attention is a skill of the mind. Sensation is an attribute of our biology, our nervous …

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Nov 09 2014

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 knowing that this person was good, and just knowing we would be best buds. I didn’t feel afraid of them. I wasn’t terrified that maybe affection or kindness from them secretly meant they were going …

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Oct 23 2014

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 — In this article you will: Learn 2 ways to re-associate triggers – the first I call Brain Reprogramming Via 2 Lists and the second, the way used during the SE Session, I call Exploring The …

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Oct 03 2014

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 before going into a rage? Can you show Miss Kitty how to take 3 deep breaths when she feels angry? Can you figure out what universal human needs are behind Miss Kitty’s angry, rageful thoughts …

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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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