trauma coaching

Body Talk

In Peter Levine’s, In An Unspoken Voice, he refers back to Greek mythology to provide a visual of how to move through trauma. “Out of Medusa’s [fatal] wound, two mythical entities emerged:  Pegasus the winged horse and the one-eyed Chrysaor, the warrior with the golden sword.  The golden sword represents penetrating truth and clarity.  The horse is a symbol of the body and instinctual knowledge; the wings symbolize transcendence.  Together, they suggest transformation through the “living body.”  Together, these aspects…

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You Are the Company You Keep

All kids have received the lectures of choosing friends wisely; of not succumbing to peer pressure.  All parents have given those lectures.  Of course, as kids we promise we’ll never say this stuff to our kids, but we do because by then we see how our kids are being influenced by others.  How aware are we of this phenomenon in our lives as adults?  Perhaps it time to take a closer look. Humans are wired for attunement and to belong. …

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Perfect New Day

I tend to be easy to please.  Barring a specific stressor, I am generally content.  Even so, some days shine brighter for seemingly no reason at all. This morning, the dog was rushing me to get up at dark thirty.  The cat was meowing her head off, demanding breakfast earlier than usual.  After waiting, waiting, waiting, I realized I never turned on the coffeepot I was waiting for. Sounds like a set up for a pretty rough day, huh?  So…

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Mindfulness Exercises

Yesterday, I talked about choosing a broader perspective.  To assist in that endeavor, below are three exercises you may find effective and can be done anywhere.  While I recommend you explore each of them, you may find that one resonates with you more than the others. Each exercise can be as long or as short as you choose.  While longer is better, even a 2-5 minute exercise can quite effectively ground you.  While I prefer and suggest these exercises outdoors…

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Carpe Diem

I’m going about my morning as usual, or at least I thought I was.  Coffee, feed the cat and dog, feed myself.  I’m going through the motions a bit mechanically, my mind everywhere and nowhere all at once.  I was suddenly startled from my dissociative state by birdsong.   I don’t know why the birdsong broke through, but it did, and a grateful grin broke across my face and I woke up for the first time this morning.  Retracing my…

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What comes first, the Inner Child or the Inner Adult?

Well, ideally the child is father to the man, or so William Wordsworth poetically claimed.  But what happens when our lives missed the ideal trajectory?  It only makes sense, does it not, to explore inner child work.  Start at the beginning, if you will.  But who is parenting that child?  Hmmm. You’ve likely heard of your ‘inner child’ or parts work.  While mother culture snides and sneers at such fruit loop notions, for many of us, this notion explains everything.…

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Relaxation Induced Anxiety

What a cruel cosmic joke!  You’re struggling, drowning in anxiety.  Desperate for relief, you follow the advice of the sages and attempt meditation, only to fly off the handle in ever deepening anxiety.  What the heck! Before you throw in the towel on meditation, yoga and other relaxation methods, read on to find lasting relief. If you have experienced developmental trauma, PTSD, CPTSD or if you have experienced increased or triggered anxiety upon relaxing, understanding what is going on will…

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Life is Swell

Close your eyes and image you’re in the ocean, just past the breakers.  As you stand there, you feel the swells lift you up, pass around you and set you back down.  Each swell sets you down inches closer and closer to the breakers even though it feels like you’re lifted straight up and down.  Eventually, you may find the swell shoving you forward.  Or breaking on top of you and churning you like a washing machine before dumping you…

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