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Control: The Anti-Happy

I recently read this passage in Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” and couldn’t help but see myself, and many of my clients, needing the lesson in Pema’s words: “We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of […]

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Each Year At this Time by Ralph Gilbert

EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME Each spring, ever since his own wife died, Saul would come over to our house for Passover. He sat next to me. I sat at the head of the table across from Paula, my own dear wife of over fifty years. We had become his local family. He always was […]

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Bessel van der Kolk on Mind/Body, from webcast

Quieting the Body with Yoga a Good Foundation for Healing Trauma Body awareness gained in yoga can provide trauma patients with a critical foundation that allows them to benefit from exposure therapy, psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk said in a Sept. 12 webcast by Psychotherapy Networker, part of a series on “The Trauma Treatment Revolution.” […]

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Gentle Approach to Trauma Can Be Effective in Therapy

Gentle Approach to Trauma Can Be Effective in Therapy

So many people – some famous, some struggling quietly – are searching for ways to deal with the insidious after-effects of rape, domestic violence, death of a loved one, war and public events like 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing. A leading expert in the treatment of trauma, Bessel Van der Kolk, suggests that helping […]

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The Healing Power of Music: Marika Takeuchi

Healing, personal growth and freedom from pain and suffering comes from many sources. As might seem obvious, as therapists, the most common answer that we hear to the question, “What brings you into therapy?” is the answer, “I want to feel better.” People come for a wide range of reasons. Some come seeking a specific […]

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The Window of Tolerance: Edges of Growth

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a session at the 24th Annual International Trauma Conference here in Boston; this year’s focus was on Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutic Interventions. It was my pleasure to attend the session “Safety, Risk and Transformation: Attachment-Focused Therapy at the Regulatory Boundaries of the Window of Tolerance.” A pioneer in […]

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Brookline, MA April 2013

Trauma and Recovery: Education After the Boston Marathon Bombings

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen horror, heroism, struggle, strength, terror and heart. The Boston Marathon Bombing, city and surrounding area lockdown and manhunt may grow distant in our experience, but not necessarily from our minds and bodies. As we get further from the days of the events, our relationship to the events may […]

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Honoring the Many Faces of Grief and Loss

When people think of grief and loss what most typically comes to mind is loss related to death and dying. It is generally understood that it takes a certain amount of time and energy to grieve the loss of a loved one or pet. According to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying, […]

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Dr. Margaret Blaustein on Treating Traumatic Stress

Dr. Margaret Blaustein is the co-creator of the ARC Treatment Model, which focuses on Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency to foster resiliency in children and adolescents who have experienced complex or chronic traumatic stress.

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What is Internal Family Systems Therapy? An Interview With Dr. Richard C. Schwartz

An Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy   To learn more about Dr. Schwartz’s model of therapy, I attended a conference where he was presenting. I had the opportunity to hear him lecture as well as interview him about the theory, practice, and thought processes that helped him to create Internal Family Systems Therapy. In […]

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