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 As therapists, our clients ask us to guide them through the process of healing trauma. Some feel shocked, numb, and cut off from their emotions. Others feel overwhelmed by fear and panic. Most importantly, trauma … 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

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

Vagus Nerve Yoga-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Mind-Body Approach to Wellness The vagus nerve plays a central role in your emotional and physical health. The vagus nerve extends from the brainstem down into your stomach and intestines, enervating your heart and lungs, and connecting your throat … 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

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