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Attachment and the Brain

The feeling nobody cared was worse than the violence “I’ve come to terms with the violence I experienced as a child. I don’t blame myself for that. I’m more haunted by the feeling that nobody cared about me and that I am somehow unlovable,” lamented Pamela in our first session. Pamela was now a 40-year […]

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The Problem with the Borderline Diagnosis

Have we unfairly pathologized clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder? In this case study I wrote for the Psychotherapy Networker, I share a surprising example of what happened when I moved beyond the BPD label to focus on the real issue: unresolved attachment trauma. No diagnosis conjures up stigma quite like borderline personality disorder (BPD). […]

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Coping with Mass Tragedy

Hurricanes. Another mass shooting. Political crises. Seems anxiety is at an all-time high for us and our clients as chaotic events erupt around the world. How do you reassure clients and help them find hope in the midst of turbulent times? In this post, I’ll share what seems to be helping my clients and want […]

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Healing Traumatic Memories- Part 2

Recent brain research has revealed new clues to better guide us in the process of resolving traumatic memories. The key is lies in creating what is called a mismatch experience, or new meaning experience. As I discussed in the first part of this article (“Healing Traumatic Memories, Part 1”), the memory network has the capacity to […]

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Healing Traumatic Memories- Part 1

Can you really eliminate the fear and distress associated with a traumatic memory? Until recently, researchers weren’t sure, but significant discoveries are now improving the way therapists treat traumatic memories. For decades, prolonged exposure has been the gold standard for treating fears, trauma, and phobias. However, people often drop out of exposure treatment before it […]

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“I know it’s irrational, but I can’t stop feeling this way.”

Therapist and author, Courtney Armstrong explains why our emotions can override our thoughts and how you can heal.  Do you ever feel nagging self-doubt or insecurity that you know is irrational, yet can’t seem to turn off? Often it is because we are still carrying around what I call a negative embodied belief that has inadvertently merged […]

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