Intimate Relationship as Spiritual Crucible

While most people would like healthy, satisfying relationships in their lives, the truth is that everyone has a hard time with intimate partnerships. The poet Rilke understood just how challenging they could be when he penned his classic statement, “For one person to love another, this is the most difficult of all our tasks.” Rilke… Read more »

Overview of an EMDR Session

What is the actual EMDR session like? The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the complexity and intensity of your history. Complete treatment of the disturbing memories (targets) involves a four-part protocol: 1. Identify present disturbance and the memory it is associated with (target) 2. Build regulation capacity to respond to intense… Read more »

Complex Trauma

The term complex trauma describes both children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure. These events are severe and pervasive, such as abuse or profound neglect. They usually begin early in life and can disrupt many aspects of the child’s development and the… Read more »

The Nature and Impacts of Trauma

Definition of Trauma: Exposure to an event which was perceived as intensely threatening to mind, body, or spirit, accompanied by feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and horror. Trauma vs. Stress: Everyone experiences varying degrees of stress, including intense states of overwhelm. What distinguishes stress reactions from trauma is the degree of threat and the degree of… Read more »