EMDR for Trauma: Understanding Its Role in Healing and Recovery
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EMDR for Trauma: Understanding Its Role in Healing and Recovery

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed to help individuals recover from the effects of trauma. This treatment is designed to alleviate psychological stress associated with traumatic memories. During EMDR sessions, you are asked to recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input, such as…

Finding Peace Within: Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with Trauma
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Finding Peace Within: Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with Trauma

Trauma can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, but mindfulness exercises offer a path to inner peace and resilience. By bringing our focus to the present moment without judgment, we can gradually heal from the wounds of the past. In this blog, we’ll explore practical mindfulness exercises that can aid in coping with trauma and…

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…

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…

Unraveling Trauma: Your Journey to Healing
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Unraveling Trauma: Your Journey to Healing

Today, we’re going to dive into the world of trauma and how it affects us in ways we may not even realize. Trauma is like this big, heavy backpack we carry, and it’s essential to understand its impact on our brains, bodies, and emotional well-being. But don’t worry, we’ll also talk about how you can…

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Why They Matter
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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Why They Matter

Childhood is a critical time for growth, learning, and building a foundation for a happy and healthy life. However, for some individuals, childhood can be marked by traumatic experiences that have a lasting impact on their well-being. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are such events, and they play a significant role in shaping a person’s physical…

Navigating PTSD as a Supportive Spouse: Understanding and Empathy
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Navigating PTSD as a Supportive Spouse: Understanding and Empathy

Living with a partner who has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can present unique challenges for both of you. As a loving and supportive spouse, it’s essential to educate yourself about PTSD and its impact on your loved one’s life. By gaining understanding and practicing empathy, you can create a nurturing environment that promotes healing and…

Paced Breathing: The Calming Cadence to Soothe Your Soul
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Paced Breathing: The Calming Cadence to Soothe Your Soul

Feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life? Longing for a moment of tranquility amidst the chaos? Say hello to paced breathing – your ticket to instant calmness and inner peace. Paced breathing is a simple yet powerful mindfulness technique that can be practiced anywhere, anytime. By syncing your breath to a specific rhythm,…

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…

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…