How Limbic System Therapy Can Help Resolve Trauma

When we’re working with clients who have experienced trauma, targeting the limbic system can make our interventions more effective. But what exactly is limbic system therapy, and why is it so useful in treating trauma? In the video below, Bessel van der Kolk, MD answers these questions and explains why he uses this kind of…

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How to Help Your Clients Understand Their Window of Tolerance [Infographic]

Our clients are best able to cope with stressors and triggers when they’re operating within their window of tolerance. But a traumatic experience can narrow our clients’ window of tolerance, leading to states of either hyper- or hypo-arousal. So we created this infographic as a tool you can share with your clients. It can help…

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How to Help a Client Come Back into Their Window of Tolerance

The window of tolerance is such an important concept when we’re working with trauma and dysregulation. For clients who have experienced trauma, that window often becomes quite narrow. They may space out and dissociate, or get too angry or anxious to focus. Or, they might fluctuate between hyper- and hypo-arousal. When they’re too far outside…

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Working with Traumatic Memory That’s Held in the Body

When it comes to the treatment of trauma, our work often centers on our clients’ feelings and sensations . . . . . . and sometimes, those sensations can present as physical pain. In the video below, Peter Levine, PhD shares a powerful story of how he helped a man trace the source of his…

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PTSD and Emotional Trauma Affects Partners of Veterans, Too

Caring for someone with PTSD can sometimes lead to secondary trauma. And researchers at the University of Utah wondered just how bad that secondary trauma could be. While completing her graduate studies, Catherine Caska Wallace, PhD and her research team studied two groups of male veterans, along with their female partners. In 32 couples, the…

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How to Rebuild Secure Attachment After Trauma

When a person experiences trauma, there’s one key factor that can play an important role in whether or not PTSD symptoms develop – and that’s secure attachment. But what happens when someone has never had a connection to a secure attachment figure?? How can we help our client build the feelings of safety that are…

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