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

“It was Never my Fault” 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 … Continue reading

A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Compassionate Strategies for Childhood Trauma This book, A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD, is meant to provide compassionate support for the process of healing from childhood trauma. You can think of it as a lantern that will illuminate the dark … Continue reading

Polyvagal Theory in Psychotherapy: Practical Applications for PTSD Treatment| Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Polyvagal Theory in Psychotherapy Polyvagal theory in psychotherapy offers co-regulation as an interactive process that engages the social nervous systems of both therapist and client. Social engagement provides experiences of mutuality and reciprocity in which we are open to receiving another … Continue reading

Self-Compassion and Childhood Trauma Recovery

An Intention of Kindness The pain of unresolved relational trauma from childhood often presents as self-critical thoughts, feeling intolerant of our mistakes, or engaging in self-harming behaviors. Self-compassion as applied to trauma recovery allows us to transform our pain. The … Continue reading

Hope for C-PTSD Recovery Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Overcoming Childhood Trauma Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) refers to traumatic events that were ongoing or repeated. In the context of childhood trauma, these events occurred within your earliest relationships with parents or caregivers who were unpredictable, unavailable, or a source of … Continue reading

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

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

Connection and Co-Regulation in Psychotherapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Discovering Self in Relationship Connection is at the core of all human experience. We all share the need to be seen and understood. We long to belong and to experience ourselves within the context of loving, nurturing relationships. Sadly, childhood … Continue reading

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Memory-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Why Survivors Forget Times of extreme stress such as traumatic events can impair how memory is stored and subsequently recalled. As a result, there may be portions of a traumatic memory that are unclear or forgotten. However, even memories with … Continue reading

Out of the Shadows: Healing from Shame-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Bringing the Exile Home Shame is a wound of not belonging. It leaves you feeling like an exile; a stranger in a strange land. Shame might come as a result of feeling different or not understood in your family. Shame … Continue reading