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…

Trauma and Your Teeth

Research shows that persons who have survived repeated trauma in their lives will have difficulty with dental procedures. Trauma and the dentist tend not to get along very well. First off, attempting to be vulnerable is never easy for a survivor of trauma, but what about being exposed in a dentist’s chair? Being vulnerable with…

Why Do I Dissociate?

Dissociation is a phenomenon that happens to a person when their nervous system is activated by a trigger in the present environment, that reminds a person of a traumatic incident from their past. Dissociation is part of the continuum of the freeze or immobilized state that a person may experience as part of an adaptive…

Trauma and Attachment

Finally, studies are showing that those with insecure attachments have a tendency for preoccupation, minimizing negative partner traits, idealizing the partner, staying anxious until the partner returns and therefore staying in relationships that do not provide security far longer than necessary. Is this Codependence? No. According to new MRI studies, we now know that to…

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Did u hear about the Rose that grew from a crack in the concrete Proving natures laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams it learned 2 breathe fresh air Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared! Tupac ¬†Shakur…

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…

Poverty Is A Special Kind Of Trauma

*Photo Borrowed from Sharon Kravitz According to the BC government, homelessness in Vancouver will end in 2015. While I am sure that there are indeed well intention-ed persons working diligently on this very lofty goal, I think what’s missing here, is the bigger picture. As long as the priorities of the government are on real…

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…

Crayons And Complex Trauma

Go for it! Get in touch with that little boy or little girl and colour your face off. As a therapist, I have a box of crayons in my office. Paints and felt markers will also do the trick. Colouring taps into the right side of our brain which connects to our emotional brain. If…