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Adult Therapy

How Does Complex Trauma Present in Adults

Most people have a basic understanding of trauma. You’ve undoubtedly heard of PTSD and experiences in childhood and adulthood that could lead to trauma symptoms. However, fewer people have either heard of or fully understand complex trauma. The two differ in that complex trauma is something that repeatedly happens over time. Therefore, it’s often referred

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Trauma

The Body Remembers: How Trauma Dwells Within

Everyone deals with trauma differently. However, most people recognize it as something that can severely impact your mental health and well-being. While that’s true, it’s important to note that your brain isn’t the only thing that holds onto trauma. Your body remembers, too, and can often hold onto the effects of trauma for many years.  It

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Trauma

Try These Tools to Process Trauma

Going through any type of trauma can be difficult to process. Often, traumatic memories are stored in such a way that makes them difficult to access. This is your mind’s way of protecting you. That’s why it can take so long to heal from traumatic events.  However, you can use different tools and techniques to process

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Trauma

What Is Trauma-Informed Therapy & Why It Matters

While there are several different types of therapy that can help with the effects of trauma, trauma-informed therapy takes a specialized approach.  A trauma-informed therapist assumes that their client may have a history of traumatic experience. Throughout their treatment, they use that assumption to handle each step carefully and ensure they don’t re-trigger distressing or

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Trauma

Take These Steps Toward Overcoming Trauma-Related Guilt And Shame

If you have experienced something awful, life-altering, or deeply disturbing, you already know how difficult moving on from that can be. You may struggle to think of other things or find it challenging to overcome what happened and move on with your life. For many people, experiencing, surviving, or witnessing traumatic events can leave them feeling

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Trauma

How Trauma and EMDR Therapy Benefit Neurodivergent Individuals

Trauma-informed care is increasingly being given the attention it deserves. More and more, therapists and researchers recognize how many people from all walks of life benefit from trauma-focused therapy. This evolution in mental health care is vital for ensuring that neurodiverse people’s needs are not lost in the tendency to view trauma from a neurotypical

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Trauma

What You Need to Know About EMDR In a Nutshell

Are you wrestling with past trouble, trauma, or distress that makes it difficult to connect with others and feel safe? The lasting effects of trauma both emotionally and physically can be a challenge to overcome and heal from. Many people attempt to move past such experiences by avoiding or burying the pain of the past.

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Autism

Why Autistics May Be More At Risk for Complex Trauma

During the last twenty years, awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has grown by leaps and bounds. Through a variety of means, society is now familiar with the language associated with trauma and the need for treatment. As time goes on, we are also gaining a deeper understanding of the impact that abuse, neglect, bullying,

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Autism

Podcast with Dr. Nicole Gurash: Navigating the Spectrum

Recently I chatted with Michele Portlock with Navigating the Spectrum, located in Parker, Colorado. We chatted about neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed care for the neurodivergent community. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, here is the link. https://www.micheleportlock.com/

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