Video: Dr. Heller on FoxNews about Trauma Resources after the Boulder Shootings

Colorado therapists, Dr. Diane Poole Heller and Jennifer Silacci were interviewed on FoxNews on March 26, 2021, to discuss the far-reaching arms of trauma and how each time one of these mass shooting events occurs, it can re-trigger the families and communities. Re-opening these wounds does not have an expiration date, even as far back as [...]

Response to Boulder Tragedy: Tips to Calm the Nervous System and Therapy Resources

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the mass shooting tragedies that have occurred in the US in Atlanta, GA on March 16th, 2021 and Boulder, CO on March 22nd, 2021. For families of other mass shootings, even those as long ago as Columbine, these events can be triggering, causing the reliving of grief, loss [...]

The Relationship Between Attachment and Trauma

As therapists, a strong understanding of attachment theory can inform nearly every aspect of your clinical practice, since attachment informs adult behaviors and relationships. How we respond to trauma often depends on attachment history and emotional resources developed early on, and can include medical conditions, birth trauma, or temperament.  We are looking here mostly through the [...]

Slowing Down to Move Forward: Pacing and Dosing in Trauma Therapy

As therapists, when working with clients who grapple with trauma, whether it’s developmental trauma or shock trauma, avoiding retraumatization or emotional overwhelm, poses a challenge. Tempering Language in Therapy It can be tempting to allow clients to “vent” or proceed full-speed into re-enacting or reliving their most traumatic moments and the accompanying emotions. What we truly [...]

The ACE Study and Developmental Trauma’s Impact on Shock Trauma

We understand through medical studies that certain health conditions, exposures, and lifestyle factors make us more susceptible to diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. But what makes us more susceptible to shock trauma, an impaired connection in relationships or having less resiliency as adults? While trauma therapy is a growing field with [...]

Video Blog: Happy Thanksgiving from Diane

Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge that we are grateful for everything we have, especially the gift of life. The idea that our ancestors (parents) brought us into the world and that alone is a reason to honor them and be grateful aligns with the Family Constellation perspective. The Family Constellation is associated with the Zulu [...]

When Therapists Wear Bullet-Proof Vests: Interview with Andrea Battle

In this video interview, Diane talks to Andrea Battle, LPC, who works in tandem with the Houston Police Department in an innovative and collaborative partnership program, Critical Intervention Response Team (CIRT). CIRT is a co-responder program which partners a masters-level licensed clinician with a Houston CIT (crisis intervention team) officer who ride together in a patrol [...]

Strategies for Working with Boundary Rupture and Repair in Clients

Freud’s definition of trauma included a break in the stimulus barrier, and that characteristic of trauma is still relevant today. Boundaries are ruptured in many ways – from too-loud sound to too much energy, too much arousal, or victim/perpetrator dynamics infringing on your actual physical body with violence. David Wallin says that many therapists have some [...]

Types of Trauma and Identifying the Signs

Trauma is the emotional and psychological reaction to a negative event. According to Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing, trauma is experiencing fear in the face of helplessness. Fear plus helplessness equals trauma.  While many experiences might trigger trauma, individual responses vary dramatically and cause a range of personal suffering. Different financial means, medical conditions, [...]

6 Positive Developments to Focus on During the Pandemic

It’s a time of high anxiety and uncertainty that can begin to feel pretty grim. Sometimes, taking time to disconnect from the media and sit in the sun or spend some time away from digital contact can be as important as reaching out to one another. As always, your emotional well-being can impact your immune system, [...]

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