by Paul Levy
In the early 1980’s, I began consciously experiencing the full-blown, cumulative effects of trauma resulting from years of emotional abuse at the hands of my father. As I became more aware of the shattering impact that this abuse had on me, I was thirsting for someone with whom I could talk to about this on-going psychological violence, which was both happening in real time in my relationship with my father, as well as, much to my horror, inside of my mind...
Editor's Note from Carl Helmle: Paul is a pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, as well as an innovator in the field of dreaming (both night dreams as well as waking dreams). A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, he has intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma.
by Gerry White
EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as the tapping technique, has been thought of as a method that allows one to adjust the intensity of an emotion usually associated with an event. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT often says ‘try it on anything.’ I have used EFT for many situations including emotional problems, removal of pain from extremities and even easing potentially tense situations such as crucial business meetings and public speaking/ performance engagements...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: EFT, (Emotional Freedom Technique) sometimes referred to as "tapping", is often thought of as a therapeutic intervention for chronic emotional issues. EFT practitioner Gerry White explains how he successfully used EFT in an acute trauma situation.
by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy
Body Mapping is a technique used by art therapist's to help clients illustrate, identify, and give voice to their chronic pain. I have found over the years through working with clients with chronic pain that there is a connection between emotional trauma and chronic physical pain symptoms. My 42 year old client, Christine, is a perfect example...
Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Listen to your body! Please don’t ignore physical pain. Understand that some forms of chronic pain are rooted in emotional trauma, which can be illustrated, given a voice, and healed!
Arts & Art Therapy
by Nancy Gershman
For those who see life through a negative filter, how can we help them become unstuck from loss and regrets, trauma and remorse? One way is to speak to the emotional brain in a language it understands – essentially sensory images, metaphors and symbols...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Digital artist Nancy Gershman creates prescriptive "Dreamscapes" for those in need of healing as a result of grief and loss, addictive behaviors, or ruptured relationships. Nancy Gershman reviews her client's most positive memories and photos and then creates a photomontage to help the subject visualize a new life. Profound, inspirational, and provocative, this kind of healing speaks directly to the subconscious, working on all levels of the body, mind, and soul to help her clients to self-soothe in times of crisis.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Arno Burnier, DC
Modern obstetrics may damage the baby’s neurospinal system. Chiropractors have a moral responsibility to tell the public about the abuses of modern birth practices...
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: Parents often wonder why their child should have their spine evaluated by a chiropractor. How could a child's spine have subluxations? In this article Dr. Arno Burnier details the trauma many children go through during the delivery process in so-called modern hospital births. Between 90 to 140 pounds of pressure is often used on the baby's head and neck causing subluxations of the cervical spine. If you are a parent, this is an article you must read!
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Aruna Kathy Humphrys is very experienced in teaching children yoga. She provides a simplistic blueprint for the ways yoga has inspired and helped children in schools, deal with divorce and emotional traumas. Children's yoga is a great holistic option for well-being.
Family & Parenting
by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc
Standard western medicine diagnoses headaches according to type or physical causes: cluster headaches (headaches grouped together in the same day of over several weeks), tension headaches (due to tight muscles in the neck and base of the head), sinus headaches, headaches due to head trauma or migraine headaches (severe pain, often accompanied by nausea and seeing auras). These different types of headaches are all basically treated in the same manner, using weaker or stronger analgesic drugs to provide symptomatic relief of pain. The problem is that this symptomatic approach to treatment does not address the root cause of the disease. Many patients suffer for years, decades or even lifelong with pain, that may temporarily abate with medication, but never completely resolves...
by Richard Gold
We all know how hard it is to express and comprehend deeply felt pain. Pongo teaches creative writing to teens (and others) in homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, and other settings. Our authors have led difficult lives, and typically have experienced multiple traumas in their childhood...
Editor's Note from Dawn Espelage: The Pongo Teen Writing Project is a volunteer, non-profit program for teens who are on the streets, in jail, or in other ways leading difficult lives. Richard Gold, Founder and Executive Director, shares Pongo's approach and techniques in working with these youth in this Part One of a three part series.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
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