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Understanding Sexual Trauma

Understanding Sexual Trauma

Treating Sexual Trauma Stories such as Dr. Ford’s decades-old sexual trauma may be frozen in the mind and body. Traumatic experiences remain cocooned in the nervous system and are susceptible to the effects of brain chemistry. Imago therapists use core skills to be an empathetic, neutral listener. Trauma therapists employ these core skills AND an additional layer of resilience, patience, hopefulness, and strong boundaries. Trauma therapists gently hold space for their client’s emotional and embodied pain allowing the story to emerge organically. How Trauma Appears Trauma may obscure a client’s self-compassion resources. […]

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Navigating Life’s Choices: 2018 Healthy Aging Forum

Workshop Descriptions Transitions: Re-imagining Ourselves for the Years Ahead Inventory your interests and learn how to explore new options. Find out how to chart new journeys and establish new priorities: careers, hobbies, intellectual pursuits and volunteer opportunities. Laurie Cameron of the George Mason University Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and Steve Altman, former President of Northwest Neighbors Village will guide you. Thinking Ahead: Preparing to Age at Home How do we know when we should begin preparing to age in place? Learn how to adapt and manage your home […]

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A Heart-Centered Practice

According to the Eastern chakra system, when a person’s heart chakra (seat of love) is closed, it can’t hear, feel, or discern emotions.  As stated in ancient Eastern text, modern man/woman is ambivalent and confused due to a lack of knowledge.  Living without knowledge in a couple is like being hijacked by fear, dispensing energy towards the primitive instinct of self-preservation.  When this closure occurs, the body completely denies access to the frontal cortex, priming a survival pattern—all decisions made, or emotions expressed are rooted in fear and survival instinct. […]

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Stress and Immunity: The Microbiome Connection

An interview with Gut Crisis co-author Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D. Life has its ups and downs, and stress is a natural part of human existence. These days, though, American stress levels are at a record high, according to the American Psychological Association. We discussed the stress-microbiome connection with Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who—along with his wife and co-author Samantha Wallace—wrote Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind. Dr. Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness and the mind/body connection as […]

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Overcome Emotional Stress featuring Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf

Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, an integrative physician and recognized Ayurvedic expert, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) explains the effects of emotional stress and recommends Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Emotional stress — we all have it, whether every day or some days; it’s just an inevitable part of life. Did you know that 13% of Americans, however, are taking an antidepressant, and one out of four women between 50 and 64 are taking an antidepressant medication? In my informal survey of many women, often they’re taking an antidepressant not because […]

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