Category Archives: psychological therapy

Sometimes, Therapy: Untethering Trauma Part II

In my last post, I described the ways that my former therapist, Lee O. Johnson, worked with me –through my body, my emotions, and my intellect. I want to share another example so that you get an even better idea about how trauma can be untethered through therapy in which one does more than talk….

Sometimes, Therapy: Untethering Trauma

In order to heal from trauma, therapy is what we sometimes need. Someone outside ourselves to make observations, give feedback, suggest new ways of responding to life’s situations and circumstances, and offer emotional support. While I am a big proponent of self-healing, I have also been the recipient of therapy at critical junctures in my…

Do the Numbers

In my meditation this morning, I heard these words: 26 years old. 26 is a number I associate with my infant surgery for pyloric stenosis. I was operated on when I was 26 days old and at age 26, I had a major breakthrough about my operation. 8 (2 + 6) was my favorite number…

Stomach Speaks: Healing through SomatoEmotional Release

Yes, a laughing stomach! As many of you know, I am healing from a head and neck injury. My old trauma from infant stomach surgery was reactivated by the fall,  and so my therapy includes work with this aspect of my health, too. As my Cranio-Sacral therapist was working with my jaw, a dialogue began with…

In His Words: Healing Trauma Guru Peter Levine

Here is material quoted from Peter Levine’s brilliant book about healing trauma, Waking the Tiger. I blogged about him years ago; it’s time to think about his message again. You can also watch this YouTube in which Peter Levine describes his ideas. In response to threat, the organism can fight, flee, or freeze . ….

The Divine Self: Believing What Is

When I graduated from college, my cousin sent me a doll in the mail. Without knowing why, I immediately took the scissors and magic markers to it. I snipped off the white yarn hair and drew a recored of my abuses onto its body. My eyes are black tear drops, my jaw is aflame from…

It’s National PTSD Awareness Day!!

I just found out that today, June 27, is National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day! Please check out the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work’s infographic. One fact that needs to be included is that PTSD can also be caused by invasive medical procedures, especially those performed on babies who received no anesthesia. I…

“Trauma Therapy: Healing and Hope”

I just finished watching the series of TV Shows on the Freedomscalling.org website that I introduced in my last post. I REALLY enjoyed them and learned so much. What was especially affirming for me was the last segment entitled “Trauma Therapy: Healing and Hope.” Traumatologist Margaret Vasquez details the system of healing that she works…

Our “Fourth Quadrant”

Two weeks ago, I attended a storytelling workshop, Retracing Our Steps (But I forgot the bread crumbs), given by Dr. Hetty Rodenburg, a medical doctor from New Zealand. Her own personal story was one of the most moving and inspirational stories that she shared that day. Years ago, she had signed up for a workshop…

Pre and Post Depression Brain

Here’s a photo of me from 1975 fresh out of Synanon. I’m 23 years old and feeling some despair about my life. I’m confused and in search of a way forward. A year before, I had entered Synanon, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation community, as the only person ever admitted for depression. Rather than be…