trauma informed clinician

Are You a Trauma-Informed Therapist?

Professional organizations, national credentialing agencies, and university educational programs are not producing trauma-informed therapists. The curriculum endorsed by the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and most higher education institutions lack foundational training in traumatology, both “event” trauma and “developmental/complex” trauma that examines the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on […]

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Are You Attachment-Informed?

If you’re a therapist, are you attachment-informed? Therapists need to know about the attachment research of Mary Main and her colleagues at UC-Berkley. If you’re a client, are you attachment informed? Given that effective psychotherapy is all about “the relationship,” both therapists and clients need to be attachment-informed. So here are some attachment basics. Mary Main […]

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Developmental Trauma: A Gift or a Curse?

Childhood adversities involving developmental trauma can become personal game-changers. They can set you on a transformational journey that shifts you from being a broken, unworthy Victim and into a conscious, grateful Victor. It’s up to you to make meaning of these experiences, and to write your own story about them. You are the person who […]

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My Attachment Style Can Cause Health Problems?

My attachment style can cause health problems? Yes, according to research studies.  The findings revealed that insecure attachment style can cause increased hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactions  in infants and toddlers during challenging emotional situations. This is particularly true when children have the Disorganized Attachment Style, one that has a high correlation with adrenal stress caused by early […]

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Attachment Styles in Psychotherapy

One of the most interesting findings from the research on attachment styles is that between 80 and 90 percent of those who seek psychotherapy have the Disorganized Attachment style. This statistic is pretty amazing, given that most clinicians aren’t aware of it, don’t know how to identify or treat it, and likely have the same […]

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Your ACES Score: What It Can Tell You

The ACES score is a measure of the number of childhood traumas you experienced involving abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. Your ACES score can tell you […]

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The Essence of Attachment and Bonding

Attunement, Resonance and Synchrony Allen Schore’s use of language from quantum sciences to describe what happens in a parent-child relationship is helping people bridge between the “hard” or quantifiable sciences and the “soft” or experiential/relational sciences. This is allowing people who work on both sides of this “fence” to find common ground both theoretically and clinically. While there […]

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Healing Developmental Trauma in Children

Healing developmental trauma in children is possible. We know this because Janae has also trained many clinicians, childcare providers and early childhood educators to heal developmental trauma in the children that they work with. And we also have helped each other heal the “inner child” inside us. Developmental trauma describes a spectrum of parent-child experiences involving energetic disconnects in […]

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Our Research on Developmental Trauma

We began our heuristic research on developmental trauma just after our marriage in 1984. During this period, Janae was working on her doctorate degree in psychology and Barry was working on the manuscript for Breaking Family Patterns. In our first joint writing projects, we began creating a systemic model to help us understand the impact of early developmental issues […]

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