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

Speak Truth to Power-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Out of the Shadows The term, “speak truth to power” is a phrase that originated with the Quakers that promotes the belief that love can overcome hatred. According to the urban dictionary, this phrase represents “speaking out to those in authority” and is now used … Continue reading

How Does EMDR Therapy Work? Dr. Arielle Schwartz

EMDR Therapy for PTSD Traumatic experiences can derail your life unless you have a way to process the event. EMDR Therapy helps you work through these difficult feelings and gets you back on the right track. The developer of this … Continue reading

Secondary Gains and Trauma Treatment-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Compassionate Approach to Care This post addresses a difficult subject matter in regards to secondary gains in the treatment of chronic pain and illness. Hopefully, you will find that I bring a compassionate lens to the topic. A view … Continue reading

EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Mind and Body in Trauma Treatment Effective trauma treatment requires a holistic way of addressing cognitive, emotional, and somatic symptoms. Traditional therapy attends to the cognitive and emotional elements of traumatic experience, the somatic experience is often left out of … Continue reading

Yoga for Chronic Pain-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Based on the Principles of Therapeutic Yoga This post is part-two of a series on therapeutic yoga for chronic pain. Part-one provided the science behind the mind-body-pain connection and explored the role of the brain in pain, how trauma exacerbates chronic … Continue reading

Preventing Therapist Burnout-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Embodied Self-Care for Therapists This post focuses on the importance of self-care for therapists who work with trauma. Without a commitment to self-care, maintaining a practice focused on the treatment of PTSD can have a significant impact on the mental, … Continue reading