Understanding the world as it really is—random—can liberate and empower us.
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Odelya Gertel Kraybill Ph.D.
Containment in times of crisis focus on reconnecting to resources that were already there before the crisis. GENA is a containment exercise for times of stress.
Each episode of high stress deepens the neural pathways through which we experience stress. Try these actions to maintain a sense of control.
The coronavirus presents difficult choices for all who spend time in therapy. Here are 9 suggestions for facilitating etherapy with kids and adults.
A recent study suggests that people suffering from PTSD are at greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases.
Attempts to be positive do not expand your capacity to endure pain.
Inflammatory factors may contribute to pregnancy-related depression.
A study on cannabis use for PTSD shows that low-level cannabis users are less likely to develop major depression or SI.
A new study asserts the efficacy of anti-inflammatories in treating major depression.
We don’t usually think of parenting as trauma-inducing. But elements of trauma come with the package for many parents.
Traumatic grief, that is, the grief that accompanies loss that is unexpected, is different. Such a loss triggers post-trauma survival mechanisms in addition to mourning.
In order to sustain progress after trauma, it’s important to get rest and renewal. But getting there is not as simple as it sounds.
The transition from summer vacation back to school is for many children a shift towards higher anxiety. Six ideas on how to manage routines in the school year with a sensitive kid.
Some children who are told that something is wrong with them or labeled as “troublemakers” are actually suffering from an underlying infection.
What you need to know about the root causes of mental health symptoms.
Attunement is giving complete, non-judgmental, responsive attention to another person through eye contact and other nonverbal attention.
In the great chase for happiness that pervades much of today’s thinking, it has come to be understood as a destination, a place we can go.
What can a trauma survivor do when the pain of past trauma resurfaces—and nothing works to make it better?
Here’s a quick compendium of info, presented in the form of a loosely organized glossary of terms and concepts that every survivor and trauma therapist should know.
Add mindlessness to increase joy? Yes! Mindlessness that incorporates creative activity can be just as calming to the nervous system as mindfulness.
We all carry pain from our own life circumstances. Intertwined with that pain, we also carry a remarkable variety of resources for coping.
Post-Traumatic Growth is a bigger process than is widely understood. For most, it's a process of meaning making through action, contemplation, and reflection.
Learning about the neurophysiological mechanisms of trauma can be life-changing.
Working with developmental trauma requires a different framework of treatment than work with trauma experienced later in life.
We cannot expect treatment for an injury that affects all aspects of well-being to be addressed only by working with emotional and cognitive symptoms.
What we need to consider regarding immigration trauma
Often those who approach a therapist for help after critical incidents — and even many therapists — are unaware that therapy should not be the first line of response.
Self-sustainability activities support enjoyment and intentional self-care, by adding a third dimension: reflection.
Clients are often surprised when I tell them that we won’t be actively working to bring their trauma history to the surface in therapy.
Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., is an integrative trauma therapist and scholar who blogs and teaches about sustainable trauma integration in the US and abroad.