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

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 Perhaps you have habitually avoided conflict, withdrawn out of fear, felt intolerant of rejection, or pushed people away when they got too close.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

The Polyvagal Theory and Healing Complex PTSD-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Illuminate a Path to Freedom If you have grown up with long-term, chronic trauma exposure you might find it difficult to accurately perceive whether people or places are safe or trustworthy. Sometimes, it can become difficult to tell differentiate between … Continue reading

Somatic Psychology and The Satisfaction Cycle-Dr. Arielle Schwartz 

Explore The Satisfaction Cycle The satisfaction cycle is a concept that comes from Body Mind Centering (BMC) which was developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. This influential work in the field of somatic psychology proposes that our early learning of developmental … Continue reading

Catch the Upward Spiral and Strengthen your Resilience-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

The Power of Positive Change Do you ever notice how one small positive change can shift your perspective? Recently, I had one of those rough days and was feeling irritable and down. I decided to get out for a walk … Continue reading

Mind-Body Therapies for Vagus Nerve Disorders-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Restore Health for Vagus Nerve Disorders A healthy vagus nerve supports your digestive system, helps to regulates your sleep patterns, and calms down your nerves. Learning to regulate vagal tone is associated with a reduction in inflammation and better prognosis … Continue reading

Distress Tolerance in EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Reclaim the Life You Want to Live A common goal in therapy is to learn how to handle painful emotions skillfully. We refer to this as building distress tolerance. It is important to learn how to be with difficult feelings … Continue reading