Rethinking Trauma: The Third Wave of Trauma Treatment

As someone who’s been practicing for a while, I’ve seen our view on the treatment of trauma go through substantial development. Our research, theory and treatments have all advanced considerably in the last 40 years. And as I reflect upon this, I’m seeing 3 waves in the evolution of our outlook. Looking back at when I first began to practice (in the late 70’s) our understanding of trauma was really quite limited. Of course we recognized the fight / flight response ever since Hans Selye introduced the notion back in the 50’s. But our prevailing treatment option was talk therapy….

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Rethinking Trauma: The Third Wave of Trauma Treatment

As someone who’s been practicing for a while, I’ve seen our view on the treatment of trauma go through substantial development. Our research, theory and treatments have all advanced considerably in the last 40 years. And as I reflect upon this, I’m seeing 3 waves in the evolution of our outlook. Looking back at when I first began to practice (in the late 70’s) our understanding of trauma was really quite limited. Of course we recognized the fight / flight response ever since Hans Selye introduced the notion back in the 50’s. But our prevailing treatment option was talk therapy….

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Mindfulness Strategies for Dealing with Distress

During moments of distress, people often default to a mode of reacting, rather than responding. And while that’s hardwired into our biological makeup, what if there was a way to counteract it? What if we could help people regain control of runaway emotions and maintain composure in a crisis? In the short video below, Marsha Linehan, PhD, creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) suggests two techniques for tolerating distress in order to move beyond it . . . . . . and one of them might surprise you. Check it out, it’s just 3 minutes. Click here to sign up….

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Victims, Resentment and Toxic Relationships (New Video)

Regardless of education, experience, or intelligence, many struggle with relationships. Though the research is clear that healthy relationships can be immune enhancing, being (and staying) in a loving, intimate relationship is one of the most challenging things we do. “…being (and staying) in a loving, intimate relationship is one of the most challenging things we do.” All sorts of difficulties in relationships are related to resentment and identification as a victim. Far too often, it seems like both parties report feeling like victims, while seeing themselves as the “reasonable one.” Identification with the role of victim, whether accurate or not,…

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