by Lorraine Mangione, PhD and Donna DiCello, PsyD
Healing from a significant loss or trauma can take many forms and can last over time. Losing a parent, a person who gave us life, can impact us on a primal level and influence who we are in several spheres, such asemotionally, intellectually, spiritually, socially, physically, culturally and interpersonally...
Editor's Note from Janet Gillett: Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America was a finalist in the 2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the category of grief and was a finalist for the USA Book News Awards for 2014 in the Health: Death and Dying category.
Books for Healing
by Rachel E. Mann, PhD
I came to the healing practices adapted from indigenous cultures through the path of trauma. I suffered for many years with symptoms of PTSD as a result of childhood abuse. While years of western psychotherapy certainly helped in the development of greater self-awareness and thus gave me the motivation to work on changing old emotional patterns, it was only when I started to explore body-oriented and energy therapies that I began to see truly enduring and deep shifts in my symptoms both short and long-term...
by Mary Willix
A nightmare is a warning from the subconscious mind. It might signal a medical condition that needs to be treated, but it may also mean that you are ready to release pent-up negative emotions, negative scripting or trauma. Dream expert Patricia Garfield, author of Creative Dreaming, The Universal Dream Key and other books, tells us that most dreams are negative...
by Aimee Carroll, DC
When pregnant, your new baby should be many things to you, but it shouldn't be a pain in the...pelvis! Outside of having a major trauma, such as a fall or car accident, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), is most commonly associated with being pregnant. Up to a third of pregnant women are affected with this and around one in four women have pain up to four months postpartum, with some even up to twelve months after the birth...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: As a woman's body changes during pregnancy, pain often accompanies other physical changes. Among them is symphysis pubis dysfunction. Read Dr. Aimee's article to find out if you have this dysfunction and what you can do about it.
by Christine Woolfenden
As with most phobias, the fear of public speaking tends to develop in response to past experiences, either due to a single traumatic event or through gradual conditioning/association. The fear is then compounded by both negative emotions attached to memories of the past and anticipation/expectation of future poor performance, failure and/or ridicule...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Trauma, mental or physical, shapes our lives. These three surprising friends experienced both types of trauma and have formed a permanent, and unlikely, unbreakable bond.
Animals & Pets
by Holli Kenley
Over the years, as an intern and then as a I licensed therapist, I have worked heavily in the fields of abuse, trauma, addiction, and grief/loss. With individuals, couples, and families, I largely relied on two approaches: Client Centered and Cognitive Behavioral methodologies. For most of my clients, their journeys were met with healing and levels of recovering that enabled them to navigate with a more whole and well sense of being. However, as far back as 2003, I began to feel that there was more left unsaid, more left unfinished...
Editor's Note: Betrayal strikes at the core of trust, causing an unraveling of the foundation of intimacy. Holli Kenley describes the questions this evokes during the healing of the betrayal injury.
by Scott Trevelyan
Most people refer to it as a disability. I almost see it as a gift. To experience near death and be able to view life from a new positive perspective is something I have found many Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors have in common...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I met Scott Trevelyan, a visual artist on the North Coast of NSW, Australia, via an international art therapy project. Scott used printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. He currently runs art therapy classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors at his wheelchair-friendly, purpose built studio, ‘Willowbank Studio’.
Arts & Art Therapy
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