“What happened to You”

childhood stress

On April 27 of 2021 Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey released a collaborative book titled What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Below is an excerpt from the introduction to the book, which begins as a discussion between Oprah and Dr. Perry. It is a rather long excerpt from Dr. Perry…

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Award for Drs. John and Julie Gottman

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  Mike DeMoss has been with the Center for over 10 years and uses the Gottman Method for his work with couples.  Last month the Gottmans were honored for their decades of work revolutionizing couples therapy with the Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award. I thought I would share with you the respect others in this…

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Developmentally Appropriate Play Therapy

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I just finished reading chapter 11 in Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems written by Richard L. Gaskill and Bruce D. Perry. The title of the chapter was “The Neurobiological Power of Play”. I thought I would summarize a few of the important points that the authors presented. Normal vs Compromised Attachments If…

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What is Child Trauma

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“Child trauma” refers to a dangerous or life threatening event that happens to a child. This type of event may also happen to someone your child knows and your child is affected as a result of seeing or hearing about the other person being hurt. When these experiences happen, your child may become very overwhelmed and feel…

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Research – Marriage Therapy

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I was reviewing some studies done on the Gottman Method of Marriage Therapy which we use to help couples at the Center.  I thought it would be interesting to just give you a short summary of what the different studies showed. First Study – “The Development and Evaluation of a Gottman-Based Premarital Education Program: A…

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