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Dealing With Triggers – Journal Exercise

A trigger is typically an event that enters your present mind, stimulates your adrenal glands, reminds you of what happened in the past, and activates traumatic memories along with a storm of emotions associated with them. This is typically not a pleasant experience and can be rather frightening. You may experience flashbacks, anxiety, panic, fear, anger, rage, confusion, or dissociation. When working with my clients, I find that journaling in itself is very helpful and healing for many. Understanding your triggers by identifying and listing them in your journal, is a first step to help you get some sense of…

Distorted Beliefs That Stand in The Way of Your Healing

What are beliefs? They are what you perceive to be true or think is true. Your beliefs and how you think about yourself, other people, and your environment have a great impact on your behavior, actions, and choices you make in life.  It is common for trauma survivors to hold distorted beliefs that were formed as a result of their trauma exposure. These beliefs are typically related to their needs for safety, trust, control, esteem, and intimacy. Below is the list of some of the common distorted beliefs that reinforce negative thinking process and may be detrimental for any relationships…

Mindfulness – Thought Defusion

  Making plans for your future and learning from your past mistakes are necessary part of our everyday life. However, the problem  comes when we are too focused on the future, which tends to make us anxious, or overly focused on our past, which can tend to get us discouraged or depressed. The trick to amazing emotional health and happy life is in finding the right balance. Mindfulness helps you see and understand your thoughts and feelings as they really are, rather than giving them too much importance or misunderstanding them completely. The technique of mindfulness is practiced by paying…

Sleep Disturbances in Children with PTSD

If your child has experienced trauma and/or has been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), then you as a parent or a caregiver have most likely dealt with some of their sleep disturbances. Children with a history of trauma may be sleeping too little, or too much, suffer from insomnia, or have nightmares. These sleep issues typically don’t go away on their own, but rather get worse with time, and affect the child’s daily life and functioning across all areas. Trouble sleeping and nightmares are two of the most common symptoms of PTSD. In fact, in his…

The True Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

As a clinician I often evaluate children with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, typically assessing for a behavior disorder, attention disorder and/or a mood disorder. As a part of my interview with the parent as well as with the child, I always asked about the history of the child’s exposure to domestic violence.  And this is why. Most of you may know that exposure to domestic violence is rather detrimental to children. Specifically, such exposure  often leads to significant behavioral problems in children, including verbal and physical aggression toward others. Children exposed to domestic violence are…