Trauma and the holidays: How to cope

Trauma and the holidays: How to cope

Holidays and time leading up to them can be very challenging for those who have a history of childhood trauma. As a child, for those who are experiencing ongoing trauma, holidays are not the typical happy time. During the months of as early as September through January we are reminded of the “ most wonder…

Strategies for managing hyperarousal & hypoarousal states

Strategies for managing hyperarousal & hypoarousal states

What is hyper and hypo arousal? In case you missed the prior window of tolerance blog post here is a quick recap on what hyperarousal and hypoarousal are: Hyperarousal Hyperarousal is when your sympathetic nervous system kicks into overdrive and has too much arousal. Your sympathetic nervous system is made up of your fight, flight,…

What is the Window of Tolerance & the Arousal States?

What is the Window of Tolerance & the Arousal States?

What is your Window of tolerance & how does trauma affect it? The concept of window of tolerance was developed by Dan Siegel to help explain where we best function in terms of arousal in everyday life. If you get triggered outside of your window of tolerance, you can go into hyperarousal or hypoarousal.  Being within…

Brainspotting VS EMDR

Brainspotting VS EMDR

Brainspotting vs EMDR: Do you know the differences and similarities? Brainspotting brief overview: Brainspotting was developed by David Grand in 2003. Brainspotting is based off the theory that emotions from trauma can become stunk in your body which can lead to both physical and mental struggles. Brainspotting is a newer cutting-edge treatment that focuses on…

What Is Self-Care?

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care is a word most of us have used or heard of. It is all about taking care of you- so you can be at your healthiest! By practicing self care it allows you to do your job effectively, focus, put the time and energy into your relationships. By practicing self-care daily you can in…

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

A lot of people are familiar with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Acute stress disorder is the bodies response immediately following a traumatic event. Although the symptoms are very similar between the two, the major difference is that acute stress disorder can last up to one month in duration following the traumatic event, whereas…