The Parasympathetic Nervous System and Your Health

Somatic Resilience Resilience is defined as an ability to flexibly adapt to challenging, adverse, or traumatic life events. This ability to “bounce back” from traumatic events is deeply connected to having the opportunity to work through difficult life experiences. Importantly, … Continue reading

DBT for Trauma Treatment | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Photo by Eugene Ivanov DBT for trauma treatment offers increased self-control and can help you feel grounded in your life, here and now. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed in the 1980s as a specific type … Continue reading

Neuropsychotherapy and Trauma Treatment Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Neurobiology of Trauma Recovery In short, neuropsychotherapy refers to the practice of integrating neuroscientific research into psychotherapy. This integrative approach to therapy that explores the connections between your mind, body, environment, and social interactions. A wide range of therapeutic … Continue reading

The Hero’s Journey in Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Journey of Resilience In the Colorado foothills where I live, we have a path that traverses an area of the forest that burned down several years ago. Under the burnt remains of these trees we discover a lush underbrush, … Continue reading

Connection and Co-Regulation in Psychotherapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Discovering Self in Relationship Connection is at the core of all human experience. We all share the need to be seen and understood. We long to belong and to experience ourselves within the context of loving, nurturing relationships. Sadly, childhood … Continue reading

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Memory-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Why Survivors Forget Times of extreme stress such as traumatic events can impair how memory is stored and subsequently recalled. As a result, there may be portions of a traumatic memory that are unclear or forgotten. However, even memories with … Continue reading

Out of the Shadows: Healing from Shame-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Bringing the Exile Home Shame is a wound of not belonging. It leaves you feeling like an exile; a stranger in a strange land. Shame might come as a result of feeling different or not understood in your family. Shame … Continue reading

Somatic Transpersonal Psychology-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Embracing the Mystery Carl Jung believed that disconnection from the deeper “Self” is the root cause of psychological distress. However, it is easy to over-identify with superficial aspects of ourselves and the world. In any therapeutic experience, we aim to … Continue reading

The Polyvagal Theory and Healing Complex PTSD-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Illuminate a Path to Freedom If you have grown up with long-term, chronic trauma exposure you might find it difficult to accurately perceive whether people or places are safe or trustworthy. Sometimes, it can become difficult to tell differentiate between … Continue reading

Somatic Psychology and The Satisfaction Cycle-Dr. Arielle Schwartz 

Explore The Satisfaction Cycle The satisfaction cycle is a concept that comes from Body Mind Centering (BMC) which was developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. This influential work in the field of somatic psychology proposes that our early learning of developmental … Continue reading