Unspoken Messages: Understanding Trauma in the Body
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Unspoken Messages: Understanding Trauma in the Body

Trauma is not just confined to the mind; it leaves deep imprints on the body as well. Our bodies silently carry the weight of traumatic experiences, speaking volumes about the pain we may struggle to put into words. In this blog, we’ll explore the fascinating and often misunderstood phenomenon of trauma in the body, shedding…

The Self-Care of Counseling for Parents
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The Self-Care of Counseling for Parents

Being a parent is one of life’s most rewarding roles. But it can also be extremely challenging! All parents could benefit from extra support sometimes. Counseling is a great way for parents to get that help. Here are some reasons it’s important for parents to receive individual counseling: 1. Gain coping skills. Parenting can be…

Unlocking Healing Within: Somatic Trauma Treatment
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Unlocking Healing Within: Somatic Trauma Treatment

In the realm of trauma treatment, the mind and body are inextricably linked, and somatic trauma treatment offers a unique approach that recognizes and addresses this profound connection. By focusing on the body’s physical sensations, movements, and energy, somatic therapy seeks to unlock the healing potential that lies within us. In this blog, we’ll dive…

DBT: Four Stages of Treatment
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DBT: Four Stages of Treatment

What is DBT and what does it treat? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was founded in the late 1980s by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychologist and researcher. It was initially developed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder who experience intense emotional dysregulation, unstable relationships, and impulsive behavior. Over time, DBT has been adapted to…

Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance
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Navigating Emotions: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation and Distress Tolerance

Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, they inform us about the world around us and what’s important to us, and they can be incredibly powerful forces that shape our thoughts and behaviors. However, managing emotions is a skills that few of us are actually taught growing up. For many people managing, emotions…

Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself
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Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself

Trauma can feel like being caught in a storm, with emotions overwhelming us and our thoughts spinning out of control. During these moments, grounding techniques can be a lifeline, helping you find stability.  Let’s review five tips to help you stay present, connected, and anchored. When anxiety or dissociation strikes, take a deep breath and…

Postpartum Mental Health 
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Postpartum Mental Health 

Postpartum Mental Health  “I’m so overwhelmed. I don’t know what to do.”  “I can’t stop crying. I will never feel happiness again.”  “I am so angry, and I don’t know why.”  “I will lose it if I’m not able to sleep tonight.”  “I feel so alone.”  Does this sound familiar? Mood swings, worries, difficulty sleeping,…

Trauma-Informed Care versus Trauma Treatment:  What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?
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Trauma-Informed Care versus Trauma Treatment: What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

By: Shannan Blum, LMFTAssistant Director Connections Child & Family Center is a trauma-informed organization as well as one whose clinicians are trained in evidence-based modalities treating specific, unresolved trauma responses.  Are you confused by what ‘trauma-informed’ means and how that differs from providing specific trauma treatment? This blog will help!  All of us as humans experience…

Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism
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Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Having worked almost a decade with clients who suffered from eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression as well as trauma, one of the common themes among many was this push for “perfection” across many areas of their lives. This showed up in body image and appearance, school performance, friendships, relationship…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…