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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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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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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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