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

A Compassionate Approach to Care 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 … 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

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

The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience, and Awaken your Potential Within the pages of The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook, you will be guided through 60 practices that illuminate a path to trauma recovery with effective, research based strategies that facilitate … 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

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

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