Complex PTSD and Attachment Trauma | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Complex PTSD occurs as a result of repeated or ongoing traumatic events. While complex trauma can happen at any time in life, this post focuses on attachment trauma related to childhood abuse or neglect. Most often there is a combined wound, … Continue reading

The Vagus Nerve in Trauma Recovery Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Many distressing symptoms of post-traumatic stress are felt in the body—a tightness in the chest, a sinking feeling in the stomach, a familiar knot in the throat, or as a chronic feeling of exhaustion. We now recognize that we must … Continue reading

Somatic Therapy in Trauma Treatment Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Body Carries the Burden Healing from trauma does not only involve changes in your brain. Rather, it is equally important to attend to the impact of traumatic events on the body. When it comes to healing from any trauma, it … Continue reading

Trauma Recovery and Relationships: From Conflict to Connection | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Learning to Love after Loss Having a history of trauma can lead to challenges in our relationships. Perhaps you have habitually avoided conflict, withdrawn out of fear, felt intolerant of rejection, or pushed people away when they got too close. … Continue reading

The Parasympathetic Nervous System and Your Health

Somatic Resilience Resilience is defined as an ability to flexibly adapt to challenging, adverse, or traumatic life events. This ability to “bounce back” from traumatic events is deeply connected to having the opportunity to work through difficult life experiences. Importantly, … Continue reading

DBT for Trauma Treatment | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Photo by Eugene Ivanov DBT for trauma treatment offers increased self-control and can help you feel grounded in your life, here and now. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed in the 1980s as a specific type … Continue reading

Neuropsychotherapy and Trauma Treatment Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Neurobiology of Trauma Recovery In short, neuropsychotherapy refers to the practice of integrating neuroscientific research into psychotherapy. This integrative approach to therapy that explores the connections between your mind, body, environment, and social interactions. A wide range of therapeutic … Continue reading

The Hero’s Journey in Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Journey of Resilience In the Colorado foothills where I live, we have a path that traverses an area of the forest that burned down several years ago. Under the burnt remains of these trees we discover a lush underbrush, … Continue reading