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

Catch the Upward Spiral and Strengthen your Resilience-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Power of Positive Change Do you ever notice how one small positive change can shift your perspective? Recently, I had one of those rough days and was feeling irritable and down. I decided to get out for a walk … Continue reading

Mind-Body Therapies for Vagus Nerve Disorders-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Restore Health for Vagus Nerve Disorders A healthy vagus nerve supports your digestive system, helps to regulates your sleep patterns, and calms down your nerves. Learning to regulate vagal tone is associated with a reduction in inflammation and better prognosis … Continue reading

The EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology Book-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (Through the end of December 2018, you can order the EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology book directly from W. W. Norton at a 20% discount with free shipping. The coupon code is EMDRSP18 — Click … Continue reading

Distress Tolerance in EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Reclaim the Life You Want to Live A common goal in therapy is to learn how to handle painful emotions skillfully. We refer to this as building distress tolerance. It is important to learn how to be with difficult feelings … Continue reading

Death, Rebirth, and Self-Discovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Reflections in the Natural World The season of Spring represents many opportunities for new growth snd self-discovery. This process requires that we release outgrown parts of ourselves. Such a cycle of death and rebirth is powerful. I am learning to lean … Continue reading

Healing Preverbal Trauma-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Finding Freedom through Trauma Recovery This post discusses the therapeutic treatment of preverbal trauma. Sometimes the most persistent PTSD symptoms are connected to events for which you have no clear memory. This might be the case if you were told … Continue reading

Parts Work Therapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Understanding Inner Conflict One of the biggest reasons that we do not achieve our goals in life (or in therapy) is because we have unresolved conflicts between different parts of ourselves. This isn’t meant to minimize legitimate barriers—such as poverty, … Continue reading

Grounding-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Connecting to the Earth Within somatic (body-centered) psychology, grounding refers to our ability to experience ourselves as embodied. Grounding refers to your ability to sense your body, feel your feet on the earth, and as a result calm your nervous … Continue reading