Trauma

Trauma, Attachment + Sensory Informed Parenting

Understanding our sensory systems With trauma-informed parenting, it is important to understand our sensory systems. There are 8 sensory systems, but we often recall 5. Smell, touch, sight, hearing, and taste. It’s part of how we get ourselves through the world. When you study babies, you can clearly see they are little sensate beings. They…

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Identifying+Assessing Complex PTSD Dissociation In Trauma Work

Here is the thing, there are a lot of therapists and people in the general population that don’t realize how prevalent trauma is to this day. The truth is even therapists struggle with trauma. They must find space for themselves to begin to work through issues like phobias, anxiety, nightmares, and more. Sometimes people will…

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Looking Beneath The Surface At Child Behavior

A Brief Review of Top-Down Therapy Approaches & Understanding Children Generally, when therapists are working on their education, we are trained developmentally from ages 5 years and beyond. Essentially, this allows for psychological testing at this age. Many of the young adults and teens that therapists experience often are dealing with issues, that now as…

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When Your Partner Doesn’t Understand Your Trauma

*The names and characters in this article represent a composite of people I know personally and professionally. No real person is represented in this article, which is intended for educational purposes to address trauma and relationships.* Michael can’t understand it. He just doesn’t get what is going on with his wife of over 25 years,…

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The Magic Of Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP)

A Guest Blog Post By Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC, NCC, EMDR-Certified for Trauma Therapist Network How Can Equine Therapy Heal Attachment Wounds & Trauma? I have personally experienced the magic of the connection that comes with being in partnership with a horse, having been around horses almost my whole life. I’ve seen horses forced into…

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Understanding the Polyvagal Ladder: A Brief Overview

In this week’s episode of Trauma Chat, Laura Reagan, LCSW-C discussed a theory that was created by Dr. Stephen Porges called Polyvagal Theory. Passionate about this theory, Deb Dana, LCSW, has played a vital role in translating the language of this theory into terms that more people will be able to understand. Deb Dana created…

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Understanding The PTSD Diagnosis And Why It Matters

Fight, Flight, Freeze & Submit In Episode 4 of Trauma Chat Podcast, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C explains the four responses mammals have. This includes human responses we use to survive traumatic experiences. For example, fight, flight, freeze and submit. In Episode 5, Laura described the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. If you have experienced trauma, you…

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Effects of Trauma on the Body: What Are Common Trauma Responses?

Trauma Is Common and Confusing Trauma is incredibly common, yet we seldom recognize the effects of trauma on the body. We simply operate in reaction to our emotions. Sometimes without much conscious awareness of what drives our behavior. Probably one of the most confusing things about being a trauma survivor is that our trauma reactions…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Recovering from Trauma In Therapy (Part One)

A Trauma Therapist Explains Trauma & The Process of Recovering from Trauma Through Therapy In Understandable Terms By Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Founder of Trauma Therapist Network What Is Trauma? We have all heard the word “trauma” used to describe terrifying events. This includes surviving a plane crash or something like the loss of a pet…

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