Boundaries and the Self-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Boundaries and Relationships This post addresses the role of boundaries as instrumental to healing trauma, especially childhood trauma. Boundaries are the limits that help to define the self. They create the distinction, “this is me and that is you.” Boundaries … Continue reading

Shame in Complex PTSD-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Freedom from Shame Childhood traumas can range from having faced extreme violence and neglect to having reckoned with feelings of not belonging, being unwanted, or feeling chronically misunderstood. You may have grown up in an environment where your curiosity and … Continue reading

The Neurobiology of Trauma-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Informed Treatment for PTSD The neurobiology of trauma guides effective healing and recovery. Unresolved PTSD can leave you feeling both overwhelmed and shut down and it is beneficial to know not only why this is happening but how to most … Continue reading

Acute Traumatic Stress-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Do Not Wait to Heal If you have experienced a recent traumatic event NOW is the time to get support. Interventions immediately following a traumatic event help prevent the development of Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD). Do not wait. Many … Continue reading

Somatic Interventions in EMDR Therapy

Somatic Therapy and EMDR Therapy Feel like you’re tied up in knots? We need to go beyond talk therapy to get free! Our bodies need to process stressful events through breath and movement. When we do not include body awareness, … Continue reading

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Explained

Knowledge is Power Irregularities in the vagus nerve can cause tremendous distress in physical and emotional health. Physical consequences can include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart burn or GERD, nausea or vomiting, fainting, tinnitus, tachycardia, auto-immune disorders, seizures, and migraines. … Continue reading

Resources for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Cultivating Peace in the Wake of Trauma Traumatic events disrupt life, leaving you feeling ungrounded, frightened, and often overwhelmed. Terrifying events strip you of your sense of safety. The experience of distressing or traumatic events is, to some degree, inevitable. … Continue reading

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