Free Summit: Trauma Skills Summit | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Trauma Skills Summit by Sounds True

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Recently, Sounds True brought together top psychologists, spiritual teachers, neuroscience experts, bodyworkers, authors, and more to have a conversation on one of the most pervasive and crucial issues of our times with … 

Trauma Skills Summit: Heal from the Effects of Trauma—for Yourself, the World, and Generations to Come

Chances are you’ve been impacted by trauma—whether from early childhood experiences, a car accident, systemic inequality, or … a global pandemic.

And the impacts of trauma are as widespread as its many causes—including sleeping difficulties, panic attacks, chronic pain, flashbacks, relationship issues, shame, and ongoing grief, to name some of the most common ones.

My presentation will appear in the summit on Thursday, August 20th. My talk entitled Resilience Strategies for Trauma Recovery: A Strength-Based Approach to Healing will guide you through a process of embracing your emotions and somatic experience to find the inherent wisdom within you — so that you can find connect to your intrinsic healing capacities.

If you identify with any of the following, this summit is sure to help … 


For psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, therapists, nurses, healers, bodyworkers, massage therapists, and more, the Trauma Skills Summit [will support you to help your clients (or patients) heal from all types of trauma—PTSD, developmental trauma, complex trauma, and more. You’ll be empowered with cutting-edge research and up-to-date skills to help them reclaim feelings of safety, purpose, and connection. You may also find personal benefit from one of the many speakers on our highly curated list of presenters. 


Unresolved trauma can create an invisible prison that limits our vision for what’s possible in life. We put up walls to protect ourselves from further harm, yet these walls often perpetuate our struggles. In this summit, you’ll explore many different pathways back to wholeness, meaning, and connection. You’ll learn accessible practices that you can begin doing on your own right away, and discover new tools to explore with supportive practitioners. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn that it is possible to live and love life once again.


From emergency personnel responding to COVID-19, to community leaders working for racial equality, to the millions of others doing their part each day, more and more people are showing up to do important work in the face of trauma. The Trauma Skills Summit will give you tools, skills, and practices so you can take care of yourself and your community in the midst of challenging times. 

You can register for your free space in this 10-day online summit here.

You’ll hear from luminaries such as Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Ruth King, Dr. Peter Levine, Justin Michael Williams, Thomas Hübl, and others as they explore topics such as:

  • Why do we find that people with trauma histories usually have some level of addiction, and how can we break the cycle?
  • What is internalized oppression, and how can meditation help us break through our own limitations?
  • How does our view of reality inform our healing from trauma, and how can quantum law open us to our greatest potential?
  • How can we come together to heal our collective traumas—both the crises we currently face and the traumas inherited from generations past?

Reserve your free spot here!

About Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dr. Arielle Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist, wife, and mother in Boulder, CO. She offers trainings for therapists, maintains a private practice, and has passions for the outdoors, yoga, and writing. She is the developer of Resilience-Informed Therapy which applies research on trauma recovery to form a strength-based, trauma treatment model that includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic (body-centered) psychology and time-tested relational psychotherapy. Like Dr. Arielle Schwartz on Facebook,follow her on Linkedin and sign up for email updates to stay up to date with all her posts. Dr. Schwartz is the author of four books:

Healing PTSD: Mind and Body in Trauma Treatment | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Compassionate Approach to Care

Dr. Arielle Schwartz Healing Trauma

In trauma treatment, we are looping our consciousness around places in our psyches and in our bodies that hold unprocessed sensations, emotions, images, and thoughts. Like dusting off old furniture or opening boxes that were pushed into the back of an attic, healing involves going into the recesses of the mind and heart. We bring the light of conscious awareness to our wounds—we attend to the pain so that we can feel integrated and whole. 

While it can initially feel frightening to revisit difficult memories, it can also feel empowering to reduce the power they hold over us. Lingering feelings of anxiety, shame, powerlessness, or frozenness need our unconditional acceptance in order to heal. This asks us to suspend any tendency to make ourselves wrong for feeling hurt. Instead, we learn turn towards our pain with love and compassion.

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Free Summit: Embodied Psychology Summit | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Embodied Psychology Summit

You’re invited to the FREE ONLINE Embodied Psychology Summit this July 22-26th.  Join us to Ignite the wisdom of your body to heal trauma, stress, and pain.  Discover and learn with over 40 world renowned teachers and therapists to optimize intimacy, connection and well being.

The intention of the summit is to empower our world community with the wisdom of body and potency of somatics as a process for deep healing. We are specifically focusing on somatic therapy for healing trauma, stress relief (including race-based somatic stress relief), attachment and intimacy, embodied social justice, psychedelics in therapy, spirituality and healing, applied polyvagal theory, mindfulness, resilience, inner connection work and so much more. 

We all need this now more than ever.


Please Join Me…

I will be speaking on Friday live on Day 4: Friday July 24th at 2-3:30 pm Mountain Time: 1pm PDT (Los Angeles) / 4pm EDT (New York) / 9pm GMT (London) / 10pm CET (Paris) / 6am Saturday AEST (Sydney)


Self-Compassion for Childhood Trauma Recovery Dr. Arielle Schwartz The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook

Resilience and post-traumatic growth rely upon the opportunity to work through difficult life experiences. The deep, inner work of healing from trauma eventually can help us to realize that they are stronger than they previously believed. This does not mean that we can change what happened in the past. However, we can work through the pain of the past until they find resolutions in the here and now. Healing from trauma requires that we attend to the impact of traumatic events on the body by attending to somatic experiences, integrating new movement resources, and releasing traumatic activation from your body.

In this session we will:

  • Describe the role of neuroplasticity in healing trauma.
  • Describe a 5-stage model for embodiment in trauma treatment.
  • Recognize the 6 pillars of resilience and post-traumatic growth.


About Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dr. Arielle Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist, wife, and mother in Boulder, CO. She offers trainings for therapists, maintains a private practice, and has passions for the outdoors, yoga, and writing. She is the developer of Resilience-Informed Therapy which applies research on trauma recovery to form a strength-based, trauma treatment model that includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic (body-centered) psychology and time-tested relational psychotherapy. Like Dr. Arielle Schwartz on Facebook,follow her on Linkedin and sign up for email updates to stay up to date with all her posts. Dr. Schwartz is the author of four books:

The Vagus Nerve and your Health | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Natural Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Resilience Informed Therapy Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Did you know that activation of the vagus nerve keeps your immune system in check and releases an assortment of hormones and neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine and oxytocin. This results in reductions in inflammation, reduced allergies, relief from tension headaches, improvements in memory, and feelings of relaxation (Groves & Brown, 2005).

Traditional vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) treatment, also referred to as neuromodulation, involves surgically implanting a bio-electronic device that provides stimulation for the vagus nerve. However, it is also possible to indirectly stimulate your vagus nerve naturally.

The vagus nerve passes through the belly, diaphragm, lungs, throat, inner ear, and facial muscles. Importantly, 80 percent of vagus nerve fibers are afferent or sensory nerves which means that they communicate messages from your body back up to your central nervous system. That means that when you move and breathe into these areas of the body, you can influence the functioning of your vagus nerve.

In this post, I share with you additional yoga, breath, and movement practices that help stimulate and balance the vagus nerve (you can find previously posted practices in my post on natural vagus nerve stimulation and here mind-body therapies for vagus nerve disorders)

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Juneteenth: A Statement In Solidarity | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Black Lives Matter

Photo credit: Betty Martin

Today is Juneteenth, a historical day in the United States which commemorates the day when slavery ended. Unfortunately; however, racism has not. Anti-Black racism in particular, has a centuries-long history of bringing violence and pain to Black communities.

This is an unacceptable reality.

Today, in the United States and worldwide, communities are coming together to challenge this state of affairs. Communities are coming together to eliminate hate, racism and their traumatic effects. Communities are coming together to imagine a new reality that centers marginalized communities, uplifts the validity of lived experience and builds genuine connections based on open communication.

It is time to for all of us to stand up and speak out for equality and justice. It is time for us to listen and offer our presence to hear this pain. It is time for each of us to take personal responsibility for our own participation in racism.

Even if it didn’t begin with me or you, racism is a form of legacy trauma–it gets passed on across generations contributing to our unconscious biases and prejudices. And, now, it is our responsibility to take hold of what has been passed down and create change! It is time to open up to uproot racism and plant compassion. 

In Solidarity

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Trauma Mind Body Super Conference | “The biggest mind-body healing event of the year” | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Hello, Friends!

The Trauma and Mind Body Super Conference  is offering a free replay this weekend, July 11-12 of this amazing array of multidisciplinary approaches to healing both developmental trauma and PTSD,

The Trauma and Mind Body Super Conference is FREE for now and available at a very reasonable cost for lifetime access. You will find over 90 physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, medical researchers, scientists, functional medicine experts and naturopathic doctors about awesome cutting-edge science-backed tools and interventions to heal trauma.

Biggest Mind-Body Healing Event of the Year

In my talk, I discuss neuroplasticity, the 6Rs of neuropsychology, and basic principles of EMDR.

In addition, listen to experts in psychology, neurology, energy psychology, psychosocial and body approaches like Dr Bessel van der Kolk, Dr Peter Levine, Dr Stephen Porges, Dr Diane Poole Heller, Dr Gabor Mate, Dr Laurence Heller, Dr Judith Orloff, Dr Hyla Cass, Dr Keesha Ewers, Nick Ortner, Irene Lyons, Caroline Myss, Heather Mason, Master Mingtong Gu, Penny Croal, Dr Rollin McCraty, Ross Rosenberg, Dr Christiane Northrup, Lynne McTaggart, Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Pedram Shojai, Mastin Kipp, AH Almaas, Dr Lissa Rankin and Ken Wilber cover:

  • Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, EFT
  • Attachment styles, NARM 
  • Feldenkrais, Yoga therapy and Qigong
  • Polyvagal theory and vagus nerve stimulation
  • Psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Building community and strong social relations
  • The power of intention, mindfulness and meditation
  • Practical strategies for managing stress
  • Trauma as a trigger for spiritual growth and awakening


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Resources for Traumatic Stress | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Traumatic Stress Reactions

Traumatic Stress Dr. Arielle Schwartz
In her shell by Arielle Schwartz

During and after traumatic events, it is common to experience feelings of confusion, sadness, fear, anxiety, panic, irritability, agitation, anger, and despair. It is also common to experience physical symptoms such as a rapid heart rate, sweating, shakiness, nausea, or dizziness. These are just signs that our innate stress response has kicked into gear. We might feel an urge to flee or fight. Conversely, we might want to curl up, like a turtle in a protective shell.

While these symptoms can feel unsettling, it is important to recognize that these feelings are expected and they are normal. In fact, they are your body’s natural way of digesting traumatic stress.

However, if you notice that you are having intrusive images, nightmares, or difficulty sleeping, this is a sign that you should seek support with a therapist trained in the treatment of trauma. Otherwise, you might begin to feel stuck. For example, you might not want to go to places, participate in activities, or see people that are associated with your trauma. Overtime, these symptoms can inhibit your ability to live a happy and healthy life.

The Body’s Wisdom in Threatening Situations

Boundaries and the Self Dr. Arielle Schwartz Boulder

As human beings, we are equipped with a physiology that has built-in protective mechanisms to helps us survive threatening situations by mobilizing our defenses or disconnecting us from our pain. When we experience a threat, our sympathetic nervous system helps us to move into self-protection through the release of adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine throughout the bloodstream. Just as animals seek to flee or fight a predator; we too, might rely upon these defense mechanisms to survive.

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Free Summit: World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Tele-Summit | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Have you been in a toxic, pathological, or narcissistic relationship? Has it produced confusion, shame, infuriating craving for the relationship, and an inability to break free physically or psychologically?

I am excited to be part of The Fourth Annual World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD) Tele-summit.  World Narcissistic Abuse was awarded its own recognition day, which is June 1st of every year. 

It is recognized as a day of awareness because it is estimated that over 100 million, that’s right MILLION, people have been harmed by someone else’s personality pathology. That harmful impact is often related to symptoms like intrusive thoughts, craving of the relationship, anxiety, sleeplessness, loss of concentration, trauma disorders, reduced functionality personally, professionally and in parenting, hypervigilance, and cognitive dissonance.

Survivors of narcissistic relationships can spend years, even decades with unresolved symptoms that are often enhanced by needed continued contact with the partner in parenting or returning again and again to court and the legal abuse it inflicts. 

That’s why WNAAD stepped up to be the first to create a tele-summit to spread awareness AND bring together some of the field’s best professionals to provide world-class recovery insights. 

This online event has generously provided that you can listen to as many of the over 20 interviews for free that you would like on June 1st and June 2nd.  My interview is called, Complex PTSD: Understanding and Healing The Wounds of The Past To Live More Fully In The Present, and I hope you will listen in.  

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Free Summit: Overcoming PTSD | Dr.Arielle Schwartz

Do you struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Do you yearn to feel more peace, serenity, happiness & contentment in your life?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, I want you to know that you are not alone.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.

And the good news is, trauma is NOT a life sentence. 

Healing from whatever adverse experiences you’ve had IS possible for you. To learn how, I highly recommend you join me for this FREE online event from AVAIYA University:

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Reclaim your Life from C-PTSD | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

“It was Never my Fault”

C-PTSD recovery Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Having a history of Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) from childhood trauma can lead you to struggle with your self-perception. Having self-perception issues refers to a sense of self that is based upon inaccurate beliefs that you are damaged, inferior, worthless, or unlovable. These beliefs are commonly accompanied by feelings of shame and guilt. It is common to feel as though you do not belong or that you are irreconcilably different from other people. Difficulties with self-perception can also lead you to mistakenly believe that other people are rejecting or feeling critical of you. 

It can be difficult to tolerate the discomfort associated with shame, anger, and hurt that often accompany childhood trauma. This can lead to a wide range of avoidance symptoms including perfectionism, unrelenting self-criticism, and addictions. For example, you might react angrily toward others or become hypercritical of yourself in order to avoid feeling sad.

“In order to heal, it is important to work with self-perception issues as they are experienced, mentally, emotionally, and physically. You can learn to be with your emotions without the need to run away, attack yourself, or attack others. You can learn to validate your experience, and with practice, you can reclaim your life from C-PTSD.” -Dr. Arielle Schwartz

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