Author Archives: ngutierrez82

Interrupt your Fight/Flight

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Our Autonomic Nervous system consists of our sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight/freeze/fright/Flag/Faint response) and parasympathetic nervous system (in charge of conserving energy, relaxing our bodies, slowing our heart rates). 

When we’re going through our day feeling triggered, on hyper-alert, and regularly …

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Parts we create to survive Trauma

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Your depression, addiction, anxiety, reckless risk taking, self loathing, inner-critic, suicidal ideations are not character defects or psychopathology. They’re strategic, sophisticated coping strategies that were created to survive past painful traumas.

The world has a way of telling us all …

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Understanding CPTSD & PTSD

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Let us talk about the difference between PTSD and Complex PTSD. It’s assumed that everyone that has endured trauma has PTSD. Though there is a distinction. 

PTSD relates to sensory flashbacks that a person experiences when they are met with …

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Intergenerational Trauma

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Intergenerational trauma aka Ancestral trauma. In my style of understanding and working through trauma, I believe it’s important to also consider the multigenerational process of passed down pain, patterns, attachment, ways of resolving/avoiding conflict. It’s important to consider how complex …

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Intentional Living

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The more I read and the more I learn it seems living intentionally is at the core of this healing journey. Mastering regulating our bodies so we spend less time triggered and activated, more time reflecting on who we are …

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Commemorating Mothers’ Day

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I can’t remember growing up If I ever wanted to be a mother. I don’t remember ever really envisioning a wedding day or marriage. I just have always wanted to grow and be my truest self, separate from anyone and …

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What is your relationship to Self?

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When we’re finding ourselves unforgiving of others when they’re unintentionally hurt us, it may be helpful to also look within and see if this is also how we treat and see ourselves. Remember- as within so without, as above so …

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Are You Afraid of Conflict?

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Having conflict with others can feel incredibly scary. When we’re raised in verbally, emotionally, physically, and psychologically abusive environments we are told to be obedient otherwise we will experience punishment. Punishment may come in different forms- parental neglect or abandonment, …

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Avoid Perfectionism

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Do not allow your journey of healing to be shadowed with striving for perfection. Do not! It’s important we not conflate perfection with strength, right, good, great, or progress. That we strive to be great, not to be perfect. That …

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Dealing with Sexual Trauma

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Unwitnessed and unseen wounding of sexual abuse can manifest in these ways. Filled with Shame. Confusion. Denial. Anger. Numbness. The world in which you knew it is over and we grieve the sense of loss of a safe world. You …

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