For well over 2 decades, I’ve been a big fan of the clinical guided imagery developed by Belleruth Naparstek and distributed though her company Health Journeys. I was introduced to her guided imagery by my colleague and friend, Atlanta psychotherapist Cynthia Smith. Through my formative years as a young Clinical Social Worker, Cynthia was my reference point for good judgment, outstanding clinical direction and she was a deep and wise guide for my own introspection. I could always count on her good guidance and she was so right about Belleruth, whose soothing hypnotic voice is a prominent feature on her vast list of guided imageries. Belleruth blogged about 5 FREE mobile apps useful in managing the symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety & Stress. I’ve checked them out and offer you my thoughts about several of them. [Read more…]
A friend shared this recent interview with Pre & Peri Natal Psychology Pioneer Barbara Findeisen. The interview appears in the July-August 2012 issue of Spirituality & Health. Paul Sutherland interviews Findeisen who is Past President of the Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health – APPPAH & founder of the Star Foundation. The Foundation runs therapeutic workshops and professional training as well as a sanctuary for healing at Kenyon Ranch near Tucson, AZ .
I’ve had the great fortune of learning from Barbara and have continued to marvel at the dynamic life of this so present & loving woman. I attended a S.T.A.R. Retreat more than 20 years ago. It was held at a magical place called the Pocket Ranch, located in Northern California (The location of S.T.A.R. Retreats has since moved to another magical location.). My experience(s) during S.T.A.R. enabled me to change the course of my personal and professional lives in ways that I could not have imagined. Barbara Findeisen taught me about birth trauma and introduced to me a realm of healing that forever changed the way I think, practice and live. Thank-YOU forever Barbara!
To read the full article click on the photo of Barbara Findeisen.
I read recently an article by Dr. Francine Shapiro concerning combat veterans suffering from untreated PTSD, the impact this had on their children and the hope of undoing or preventing such damage in the future because of a psychotherapy called EMDR.
My dad was a combat veteran. During WWII he commanded a B-29 Superfortress on bombing missions over Japan. On one of those missions dad’s plane was shot down and they had to ditch (a controlled landing of a distressed aircraft on water) into the Sea of Japan. One of his men was killed on impact; the rest escaped as the plane sank.
In the distance, as Japanese destroyers were growing ever closer while executing a patterned search for the downed fliers, dad and his crew were silently spirited to safety, below the surface of the water, when they were rescued by the submarine USS Ronquil. Meanwhile, back on the base, back at Isley Field on the Island of Saipan, dad’s longtime regular crew, flying that one mission aboard another B-29 to help orient a new pilot, crashed on takeoff killing all aboard. [Read more…]
Dissociation is a term which refers to a complex physical / emotional and psychological process meant to help us cope when we are faced with an overwhelming experience and we don’t have the resources, support or ability to deal with it on our own. Chronic Dissociation can interfere with the ability to have a clear sense of one’s experiences, emotions, behaviors, sensations and thoughts and how all those are meant to fit together to make up a coherent life story. Dissociation is a common symptom associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is itself considered a emotional disorder (Dissociative Disorder). [Read more…]
The other day a colleague of mine sent me this TED video featuring vulnerability and shame researcher Brene Brown. Within a few more days I had heard about Dr. Brown from 5 very different sources. I’ve learned that when this happens to me I want to pay attention. What she has to say rings very true for me and I want to share it with you. She is speaking about shame and how our connectedness (or lack thereof) determines how we deal with it. Brene is BRILLIANT and this video might well help you rethink the way you live your life. ENJOY!
In the late 1990’s I read Gregg Braden’s book titled Awakening to Zero Point. In the book Braden mentioned a company named HeartMath ® that was conducting fascinating biofeedback research. Heartmath ® was describing how we can tap into the intelligence of the human heart and by doing so promote greater human consciousness and improve mental and physical health. [Read more…]