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Traumatic events from our past can have a great effect on our present. Trauma can arise from a range of terrible events, from a natural disaster to abusive or destructive dynamics within the home. There are many common emotional and cognitive symptoms of trauma, including intense and sometimes unpredictable feelings such as increased irritability, mood swings, anxiety, nervousness, or depression, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, confusion, or disruption in sleep and eating patterns. Different types of trauma require different types of treatment. Learning to understand and have compassion for yourself is an important step toward recovery. Here you can learn about different types of trauma and how they can be identified, understood and treated.

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid can help support family and friends through a crisis. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus noted that the only constant is change. We currently live in an era of unprecedented personal, social, economic, and political change. While ...

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The Role of the Authentic Self in Trauma-Informed Care

As professional psychotherapists, we offer our authentic self as an ally in a healing relationship.  On the journey of trauma-informed care, the client can witness the therapist’s authentic self at work during a therapy session. But another core concept deserves ...

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It’s Not Your Fault: Overcoming Trauma

There is a famous scene in the film Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams, playing a therapist, compassionately repeats the line “It’s not your fault” to Will, a troubled young man with self-destructive tendencies, who happens to be a genius. ...

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Dealing with Unresolved Trauma

Recently, a friend of mine who suffers from chronic lower back pain came back from yet another visit to the doctor with a bit of unexpected advice. Instead of the usual discussion of shots, medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, ...

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The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Depression

In a recent article, journalist Johann Hari wrote about the doubt some scientists feel about depression being caused by a “chemically imbalanced” brain. For most of his adult life, Hari had believed that his depression was the result of a ...

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