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

Somatic Interventions in EMDR Therapy

Somatic Therapy and EMDR Therapy Feel like you’re tied up in knots? We need to go beyond talk therapy to get free! Our bodies need to process stressful events through breath and movement. When we do not include body awareness, … Continue reading

Holistic Transformation-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Sustained Change The late yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar said, “Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” This quote got me thinking. “I began to think about my daily … Continue reading

My Gratitude List-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Feeling Grateful As the year comes to a close it is a good time to reflect back on goals and intentions I had set back in January. Often these reflections are uplifting and joyful but I also notice how sometimes … Continue reading

5 Mindfulness Myths-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Demystifying Mindfulness What is mindfulness really? In short, it is the practice of paying attention. But, we tend to “jump ship” from the present moment when we feel uncomfortable emotionally. We avoid feeling our discomfort by distracting ourselves or pushing … Continue reading

Equanimity amidst Change-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Finding Balance The only constant in life is change. This wisdom can be found across traditions. Ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, illuminated the world with his scientific and philosophical understanding that “life is flux.” Within Buddhism we are reminded of the … Continue reading

Spirituality and Psychotherapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

An Intimate Conversation with Linda Baird, LPC This interview was conducted as part of a series of dialogues with experts about psychotherapy and spirituality by Linda Baird, LPC psychotherapist specializing in Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR Therapy and The … Continue reading

Yoga for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Healing PTSD with Yoga Yoga saved her life. Six months before her wedding she travelled to South America with her parents; without warning her mother had a heart attack and died in her arms. Coming home, she attempted to re-engage … Continue reading

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

An Initiation into Mindfulness Nearly 20 years ago I entered my yoga teacher training. During one of our lectures discussing the importance of mindfulness I was lying on my stomach on the floor, my legs outstretched behind me. All the … Continue reading

Emotional Intelligence and the Biology of Behavior-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Why Emotional Intelligence? It is easy to get caught up in negative thinking, misinterpreting our emotions, cut off from our intuition; all of which can lead to painful consequences. As a clinical psychologist, I am an enthusiastic supporter of emotional … Continue reading