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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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Preventing Developmental Trauma

Preventing Developmental Trauma By definition, developmental shock, trauma, and stress are inflicted on infants and children unconsciously and most often without malicious intent by adult caregivers who are unaware of children’s social and emotional needs. Infants and children require energetic attunement; skin-to-skin, eye-to-eye, and right brain-to-right brain contact; kind and comforting words; and protection and […]

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Developmental Trauma Becomes A Controversial Political Issue

Researchers in children’s mental health have typically focused on more acute early-life interpersonal events that involve sexual or physical abuse, war, community violence. These traumatic and shocking experiences often occur within the child’s care-giving system by parents, relatives or childcare providers, and often include physical, emotional, and educational neglect and child maltreatment. So What’s the Controversy? It’s […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D. If you ever wondered how adverse childhood experiences might affect adult physical health, then you will be interested in these research findings.  In 1995, Kaiser Permanente surveyed 17,000 adults from Southern California where they found significant correlations between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adult physical health problems. They found that the more […]

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Why Do People Seek Therapy?

Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D. Why DO people seek therapy? Dr. Dan Siegel says that most people seek therapy because there is either too much chaos in their life or too much rigidity. From my almost 50 years of experience as a therapist, I would have to agree with Dan. In either case, these people are most […]

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How Freaked Out Are Your Clients?

Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D.   How freaked out are your clients? If your practice is anything like mine, that’s a lot of what you’re seeing. Well help is on the way. After writing and publishing 53 books, I’ve taken a different approach to helping people and launched my first online course. Freaked Out 101: How Hidden Developmental Traumas Can […]

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Attachment & The First Year

A Paradigm Shift Have you ever had your view of something suddenly crash, and then in a head-shaking movement, have to reorganize all of your thinking about it? Well, I recently had such an experience, and I’d like to share it with you. Maybe there’s something in it that might be helpful to you, particularly […]

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What is Developmental Trauma?

Developmental trauma is caused by energetic disconnects between the child and mother during the first year of a child’s life. More severe disconnects can be classified as developmental shock, and less severe disconnects as developmental stress. Developmental trauma and developmental shock significantly disrupt children’s cognitive, neurological and psychological development and their ability to trust and attach to adult caregivers. […]

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Did Childhood Neglect Cause You To Freak Out?

If we connect the dots, most of us think of childhood abuse as the reason you freak out as an adult. Did you ever think of childhood neglect as a possible cause? It is often more difficult to identify childhood neglect because “nothing happened.” Research has shown, however, that childhood neglect is a much greater […]

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