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

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 Perhaps you have habitually avoided conflict, withdrawn out of fear, felt intolerant of rejection, or pushed people away when they got too close.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

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

How Does EMDR Therapy Work? Dr. Arielle Schwartz

EMDR Therapy for PTSD Traumatic experiences can derail your life unless you have a way to process the event. EMDR Therapy helps you work through these difficult feelings and gets you back on the right track. The developer of this … Continue reading

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

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