EMDR Therapy for Complex PTSD-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Is EMDR Therapy Appropriate for C-PTSD? Quite regularly I receive inquiries from clinicians and prospective clients asking me if it is appropriate to use EMDR Therapy for complex PTSD and childhood trauma. My short answer is yes, EMDR Therapy is … 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

Resources for Trauma Part II-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Healing Emotions Some of us wear our feelings on our sleeves and some have a hard time showing our true colors. These patterns of emotional expression tend to get amplified when we have faced loss or trauma. We might struggle … Continue reading

Resources for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Create Peace Traumatic events disrupt life, leaving you feeling ungrounded, frightened, and often overwhelmed. Terrifying events strip you of your sense of safety. You might start to avoid places and people that remind you of the trauma. You might have … Continue reading

Mind-Body Medicine-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Mind and Body in Psychotherapy *Diane is not an actual person, but a composite of several clients Dr. Schwartz has seen over the past several years. Identifying details have been changed to protect their privacy. The treatments and outcomes are … Continue reading

Post Traumatic Growth and Transformation-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

 Healing and Transformation Exposure to disturbing or traumatic life events is inevitable. Following these events, most people experience uncomfortable emotions and sensations such as grief, fear, anxiety, panic, anger, or depression. Initially, it is common to brace against these disorientating emotions. This … Continue reading

Psychotherapy Efficacy and Your Brain-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Your Brain on Psychotherapy The use of psychotherapy has decreased in the last decade; meanwhile the use of prescribed medications has been on the rise (APA, 2012).  Now equipped with technologies that image the brain, the field of psychology is rising to … Continue reading

The Neurobiology of Transgenerational Trauma-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Trauma Legacy I was once asked to describe the genetic component of transgenerational trauma. The question posed was: If my parents had PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) does this increase my likelihood of having it too? This question stopped … Continue reading

Medications and the Mismanagement of PTSD

Psychotherapy vs. Medication Large scale, long term studies reveal that psychotherapy is as effective as medications, lasts longer than drug treatments, and avoids the harmful side effects. Despite growing evidence for the efficacy of psychotherapy, the use of therapy has … Continue reading

Polyvagal Theory Helps Unlock Symptoms of PTSD-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Getting Unstuck from PTSD One of the painful repercussions of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the experience of a lack of control that can occur when you feel trapped by feelings of anxiety, panic, overwhelm, or despair.  Polyvagal theory, the work … Continue reading