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Shame and Trauma

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I recently watched a TED Talk by Dr. Brene Brown that talked about listening to Shame. I found the discussion to touch at the root of shame and vulnerability and how often we are afraid to feel vulnerable, equating vulnerability with weakness and rejecting these feelings within ourselves. What we don’t realize is how this […]

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Unexpressed Emotion in Body and Trauma

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Unexpressed Emotion Lives in the Body. Sometimes we don’t have the words to consciously name or connect with emotions we are feeling. These feelings can continue to live within us until we begin to validate their experience and give them a voice. When we experience trauma in our lives, and we are unable to symbolize […]

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Survivor of sexual trauma

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Please be advised this post has a *Trigger Warning.* “Until it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels..Till your world burns and crashes Till you’re at the end, the end of your rope Till you’re standing in my shoes I don’t wanna hear a thing from you, from you, from you Cause you […]

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Being a new mother

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Being a new mother and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be challenging at times. Let us not forget, there is also time to allocate for studies (if you’re taking any sort of classes for training/school), and spending quality time nurturing friendships and extended familial relationships, as well as, giving yourself some quality alone time. […]

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Trauma and Psychoanalysis

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As I near the completion of my two year psychoanalytic trauma studies program, I reflect on the understanding I have gained of how important dissociation plays a role in trauma and the human psyche. Dissociation can be understood as the unconscious fragmentation of traumatic memories for survival of the mind and spirit.  Repression, on the […]

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Anxiety and Mindfulness

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Finding the emotional and psychic space to focus on relaxation can be difficult in a busy city like New York, and busy mind alike. When you suffer from anxiety or depression, it can be very difficult to want or have relaxation. We think of mindfulness and we thinking of fancy ways to meditate, which may […]

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Individuation from Family of Origin

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Families build their own systems with customs, values, beliefs, implicit and explicit rules, as well as, perceived acceptable/unacceptable behaviors. We develop within this culture, adapt to, as well as, adopt these family system dynamics. When we leave our family of origin and enter the world, we often respond to the world through the lens of […]

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Healing the Wounded Inner Child

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We each have various parts of ourselves, similar to defense mechanisms, that at different situations take the wheel and lead during tumultuous, happy, relaxing moments. Many people develop “protector pieces” which help a person that was abused, injured, or taken advantage of throughout the child’s development to ensure the protector piece(s) protects the wounded part […]

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Setting boundaries, Saying “No.”

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It is a beautiful thing when you are physically, emotionally, mentally, or professionally present and supportive to others. After all, we are innately built to be compassionate social beings. However, it is possible that too much generosity can lead a person to feeling depleted, lost, and emotionally exhausted. We remain captive prisoners in our mind and […]

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Understanding Sexual Abuse

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Sexual abuse can be sadistic or not. It can be one event or a series of events over a prolonged period of time. Sexual trauma takes place in various forms of molestation, childhood exposure to pornography,  rape, uncomfortable touching or fondling, sexual harassment, verbal intimidation of harm if you do not perform sexual acts, being coerced […]

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