PTSD PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is well known as a common issue among people returning from war zones, or who have been exposed to significant trauma during natural disasters. COVID-19 It is now becoming clear that after a year of fighting the Covid-19 virus, physicians, nurses, first responders and other medical staff around the…

COVID-19 and Burnout For Health Care Professionals

    Vicarious Trauma, PTSD, Burnout   Some of the important outcomes of dealing with COVID-19  for healthcare professionals have been vicarious trauma, burnout and PTSD. There are plenty of effective strategies to cope with the stress and stay resilient if you are a healthcare professional.  On the  Anxiety Canada Website, you can find tools…

Relationships and Regulation

It’s interesting how so many dating advice sites and popular dating books ask women to stop being needy, or never act needy, or remain aloof. But what a lot of these self-help articles for dating and relationships miss, is how important it is to turn toward our partner, be honest about our feelings, and then…

Calming Your Nervous System with Kitty

If you don’t have a pet or you want to experiment with calming your nervous system simply turn on this app. Sit or lay down and listen to the purring. After a few minutes notice how you feel; Do you feel calm? You may even fall asleep! Click here for the app. Enjoy!

Emotional Freedom Technique

Here is a link to a great website on EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique Emotional Freedom Technique is excellent for immediately calming and grounding. In a matter of a few minutes after tapping these points, you will find a significant difference with any distress you are dealing with.

Mindfulness Watching

Relaxing 3 Hour Video of California Ocean Waves Watch the waves fully Notice your thoughts Without judging your thoughts. Just notice them. Return to watching the waves Notice  your thoughts as if you were a bird in the sky noticing a tree below you Without judging your thoughts. Simply notice. Return to watching the waves…

Earthquake and Freeze Response

Dr. Stephen Porges emphasizes the importance of bidirectional neurofeedback between body and brain. Porges emphasizes the importance of relating to an organism (humans) from a bottom-up perspective instead of a top-down. He uses the example of Descartes: ‘I think, therefore, I am’. He explains that many western therapies have been designed around this idea. What…

Self Destructive Behaviors

Why do we pick our skin? Why do we pick our scalp until it bleeds? Why do we pull our hair, bite our fingers nails until they are raw, bleeding and down to the bone? Why do we cut? Why do we starve ourselves? Why do we eat too much? Sometimes we play video games…

Internal Sensations: From Foe To Friend

For many of us, internal sensations are the enemy. We spend most of our time doing anything and everything to avoid sensations. A heart flutter, butterflies in the stomach, hot or cold flashes, chills, or burning in the abdomen, can send us straight to panic, or worse, a panic attack. When the sympathetic nervous system…