Developmental Trauma

child trauma

Developmental trauma occurs when a child is traumatized during critical early growth periods. Often in the first two years of life.  This trauma alters brain development and requires a therapeutic approach that understands what was missed and how to begin repair. I let parents know that repair starts with regulation. Dr Perry encourages repetitive motion…

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My Favorite Family Quotes

game time

I thought this week I would just share some of my favorite family quotes, hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I do. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox “You don’t choose your family. They…

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What happened to You

bear with trauma

For the next few blogs I will be summarizing my insights from some of the sections of Dr. Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s recent collaborative book entitled “What happened to You”. Frequently when I first meet with parents in therapy I ask about their child’s early experiences. This is important especially in cases of adoption where…

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Infants and Trauma

child trauma

I just read an article titled “Trauma-exposed Infants and Toddlers: A Review of Impacts and Evidence-Based Interventions” by Alysse Melville. This article focused on birth to two years old and it caught my attention because very few studies have been done on this age group as it relates to trauma. What follows is a summary…

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Antidotes for the Four Horseman

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I have written before about the “four horseman” in respect to the Gottman Method of Marriage Therapy.  If you would like to read more about this concept please click on the link below. Briefly the four horseman are the 4 attitudes that quickly bring about trouble in a marriage. I just read a great article…

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