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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD, Trauma and/or Neurodivergent Relationships? Or simply to get advice, updates and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G’s Blog!

Trauma

What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting therapy is nothing new. In fact, it was discovered over 20 years ago. But, more people are just starting to discover it and the benefits it can provide when healing from trauma and unresolved issues. Brainspotting can also regulate the nervous system, release hurts, and help you let go of unwanted patterns. But what

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Autism

Understanding Neurocrashes: Meltdowns and Shutdowns in Autism Spectrum

Autism is often used to describe a range of conditions that fall under the larger umbrella of a neurodevelopmental disorder called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A person with ASD may display symptoms like communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, and delayed onset of skills like language, movement, and learning. There is no cure for ASD, and at

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Trauma

How Generational Trauma Affects You

Most people understand the basics of trauma. But, they view it as something extreme you have to witness or experience. It could be an event that impacts many people. Or, it could be something very personal, like child neglect or domestic abuse.  But, there are different types of trauma to consider that aren’t always as

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Autism

How Does Trauma Affect Someone With Autism?

In a perfect world, no one would have to experience traumatic situations. However, they’re more common than we’d like to admit. Traumatic experiences can include everything from child or domestic abuse, to emotional abuse, witnessing a tragic event, or anything that essentially is too much, too fast, or too soon for our nervous system to

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Trauma

What is Trauma-Focused CBT?

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is typically used in response to the traumatic experiences of children and adolescents. Trauma-Focused CBT is a therapy approach that is sensitive to the needs of younger patients who might have gone through something they can’t fully process on their own.  While Trauma-Focused CBT was originally used to help children

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Trauma

How Does Trauma Affect the Brain

Most people have a basic understanding of some of the symptoms of trauma. Even if their only exposure is on the silver screen, things like flashbacks, vivid memories, and fear are commonly portrayed as long-term effects of traumatic experiences.  While some of those depictions are more accurate than others, most people don’t dig deep enough

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Trauma

Finding Healing From Relationship Trauma

No one gets into a romantic relationship expecting things to go south. If you’re putting your trust in a romantic partner, experiencing emotional, mental, or physical abuse from them can feel like the ultimate betrayal. Depending on the situation and those involved, it can even be traumatic.  Relationship trauma occurs when any kind of abuse exists

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Trauma

Trauma Responses: Exploring How Trauma Affects Our Behavior

Trauma impacts everyone differently. Some people are able to repress the effects of a traumatic situation for years. Others struggle to deal with the effects of it immediately. One thing most trauma survivors have in common, however, is that trauma can impact behavior for years. This is called a trauma response. From a young age,

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Trauma

What is Trauma-Informed Care & Why is it Important?

While trauma might not face the stigma other mental health conditions do, people who have experienced it often have a different obstacle to overcome—understanding. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to a traumatic experience, leaving many people to ask things like “what’s wrong with you?” rather than “what happened to you?”.

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Autism

What is Interoception and Increasing Understanding with Neurodivergent Needs

You may have heard the term interoception before and know what it means, or maybe this is a completely new concept for you to understand. Many neurodivergent individuals with Autism and/or ADHD struggle with interoception skills which, as a result, can negatively impact mental and physical health. I didn’t really learn about interoception until years

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