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The Power of Somatic Therapy

While traditional talk therapies can be beneficial in helping people uncover and heal from the trauma that underlies mental health and addiction, recent research has focused on the mind-body connection in relation to trauma. In fact, there is a whole realm of therapy that operates out of the belief that trauma is carried far more in the body than in the brain. Read More

What Is Brain Mapping, and How Does It Help?

Innovations in medical science have allowed us to gain a better understanding of the biological, genetic, and physiological aspects of disease, including mental health disorders. Neurodiagnostic tools are giving us a real-time window into brain function as it relates to cognitive processing and emotional regulation. The structure of the brain can affect how we think, just like how we think can affect the structure of the brain. Tools like brain mapping can be useful in both the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, providing critical input and feedback to accelerate recovery. Read More

Trauma: When Ancestry Uncovers Family Secrets

In an era where DNA testing has become as simple as mailing in a cheek swab and saliva, many people are discovering more about their personal history and ancestral background. What they learn can be interesting and enlightening; but for some, it can be traumatic. Family secrets are spilling out of DNA kits, and it’s important to know how to handle the real story of where you’ve come from.  Read More

Relational Trauma Repair

If you’ve experienced relational trauma or suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD), treatment for these issues will likely involve a combination of different types of therapies. One particularly beneficial treatment is relational trauma repair, an experiential group therapy that uses specific exercises to teach emotional literacy and self- and co-regulation. Read More

The Body’s Reaction to Trauma

The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” And while trauma is absolutely an emotional response, it is also inherently and powerfully physical. In fact, the physical response is often the very first response we have to trauma. Before our minds even know what is happening, our bodies instinctually react to threatening events. And while this can be a good and helpful response, there are times when our bodies hang on to the response for days, months, or even years. Read More

The Impact of Little “t” Traumas

Trauma is usually talked about in terms of big, life-altering events: the sudden death of a loved one, a natural disaster, a violent assault. In reality, trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and while these big events are indeed traumatic, little events can be traumatic, too. Read More

Breaking Down the Model: Part II – Core Issues

By: Joyce Willis, MC, LPC In Part I of “Breaking Down the Model, the “Nature of the Child” column was discussed. We discussed the history of Pia Mellody’s Model of Developmental Immaturity and how it is incorporated into the Meadows Model and treatment at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs. We… Read More

Neurofeedback: Tapping Into Our Brain’s Power

By Anna McKenzie Do you get stressed out easily? Sometimes this stress is due to chronic psychological conditions: Mental health disorders like depression and anxiety have become much more prevalent in America. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the United… Read More

Complex Trauma: The 3 Phases of Recovery

By Beau Black Complex trauma is a term used for repeated, chronic emotional pain or abuse, often suffered in childhood or adolescence. It can cause long-term problems that are similar in some ways, but distinct in others, from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and also from “regular” trauma. But there… Read More