Yoga

Yoga is a powerful way to release trauma held in the body. Research from Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk has shown that participation in yoga on a regular basis can actually be just as helpful as other trauma or PTSD treatments.  I recommend yoga as part of a daily diet in combination with EMDR therapy….

Regulating the Nervous System Through HeartMath – A Game Changer

Heartmath is an incredible website that has contributed wonderful tools to help folks with complex PTSD and other health problems support homeostasis within their nervous system. Not only that, heartmath has now made products that are user-friendly, enhancing a person’s sense of autonomy with being able to regulate anytime anywhere. This handy iPad/iPod device called…

Pets – PTSD

Pets can and will heal your nervous system, spirit and attachment wounds. Through their unconditional and devoted love they role model peace, and calmness. Many times I had the pleasure of listening to my kitty purr away while I was grieving or feeling overwhelmed. The responsibility of caring for her helped me grow, stay still…

Soldiers’ PTSD/Suicide is a Public Health Crisis, Not a Private Matter

PTSD is a public health issue, but for some reason, our government doesn’t think so. Apparently, soldiers and PTSD is a private matter that is even deemed “an administrative issue”, as was stated by one soldier in her statement to the press. Certainly cutting Veteran Affairs Canada’s services is a colossal step in the wrong…

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…

Political / Social Action

“The solidarity of resistance, we cannot do this alone. The power to change the way people think and what people do comes out of small groups of people who care about something to try something new.” Judith Herman Fight back. Stand up. Write a statement about what happened. Read it to your therapist. Start a…

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…

Little Boy Lost; You Too Need A Hero

Too often, I hear stories of men who, as little boys, were violated in unimaginable ways. Conditioned by society to protect and provide for a family, admitting that you are vulnerable seems impossible. The stigma of any abuse against you as a child, is in many ways, complicated and deep. Sexual violation robs you of…