Trauma

VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on Sexual Abuse and Relational Trauma

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter Levine. Dr. Peter Levine talks about child sexual abuse and relational trauma. Dr. Peter A. Levine: What makes it ultimately more complex and more difficult is often that the perpetrator is the parent or the family member. That’s much more common than a stranger.  And so… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on Working Through a Personal Traumatic Experience

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter A. Levine. Dr. Peter Levine describes working his way through a personal traumatic experience. Dr. Peter A. Levine: It was a perfect February winter day in southern California. I was going to go up to LA for a friend’s 60th birthday, and as I was crossing… Read more »

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An Interview with Dr. Peter Levine

Watch excerpts from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Peter Levine. About Peter Levine, Ph.D. Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He holds doctorate degrees in Medical Biophysics and in Psychology. During his thirty five-year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine… Read more »

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Disorganized Attachment: How Disorganized Attachments Form & How They Can Be Healed

What is disorganized attachment? When a child has an ideal attachment, the parent or primary caretaker provides the child with a secure base from which the child can venture out and explore independently but always return to a safe place. When a parent or caregiver is abusive, the child may experience the physical and emotional… Read more »

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A Traumatized Nation

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, we take pause and try to make sense of a senseless act. Unfortunately, mass murder has become all too frequent in recent years. A report by Mother Jones showed, “since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with… Read more »

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Offering Psychological First Aid After a Tragedy

The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado was an extreme act of senseless violence that truly shook our nation. When traumatic events like these take place, a ripple of grief, shock and fear spreads to individuals who are both directly and indirectly impacted. For those of us who live far from Aurora, reactions range from a deep… Read more »

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How Trauma Is Impacting Our Culture and What We Can Do to Help

In some ways it seems that to grasp the prevalence of trauma experienced in our society, one need only look as far as the past few weeks’ headlines. The devastating shooting in Aurora, Colo. marked an extreme act of violence that truly shocked our nation. Time magazine’s painful cover story “One a Day” brought attention… Read more »

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The Price of Being Strong: Risks to the Mental Health of Athletes

Although the London Games are over, the rush of the Olympic “spirit” still lingers in the air. It’s always inspiring to watch the world come together to celebrate athletes who’ve managed to excel, push their bodies to their maximum potential, and compete at the highest level. The Olympic motto spells our expectations out most simply,… Read more »

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Recognizing Complex Trauma

Treating trauma is a task most therapists can expect to undertake in their career. In today’s social and political climate, in which soldiers are continually being deployed to war zones and the recent recession has been linked to an increase in child abuse, we can anticipate that many cases of complex trauma are sure to… Read more »

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Dr. Christine Courtois on the Voice and Childhood Trauma: VIDEO

Dr. Christine Courtois talks about the role of the critical inner voice in the inter-generational transmission of childhood trauma. The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Christine Courtois. CC       I have worked my whole career with adult survivors of incest and child sexual abuse or other forms… Read more »

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