Natural Vagus Nerve Stimulation-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Trauma, Health, and the Vagus Nerve When working with clients with chronic trauma I commonly hear stories of seizures, migraines, gastrointestinal problems, and autoimmune disorders. The connection between trauma and health is complex, not surprising because there is still so much … 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

Trauma Legacies and Transgenerational Healing-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Personal Healing Journey When I was pregnant with my first child I felt the stirrings of the past burgeoning under the surface, calling for my attention. I could no longer ignore the pit of anxiety that I had carried … Continue reading

Yoga for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Healing PTSD with Yoga Yoga saved her life. Six months before her wedding she travelled to South America with her parents; without warning her mother had a heart attack and died in her arms. Coming home, she attempted to re-engage … 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