Author Archives: ngutierrez82

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Trauma in the Body

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Trauma is more than just an incident or series of painful exposures in childhood or adulthood. Trauma lives in your body and navigates the lens of which you perceive the world. We unconsciously interact, react, and respond to others carrying …

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Have you experienced trauma, abandonment, or abuse?

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Trauma recovery is a long difficult journey that becomes more manageable with time and re-building. When people experience trauma, they are often left in a state of panic, depression, hopelessness, anxiety, or fear. These are natural responses to considerably stressful …

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Trauma and Anxiety

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Trauma and Anxiety: Anxiety is a natural, common response to trauma.

Survivors of trauma can sometimes suffer panic attacks, excessive worrying, and chronic anxiety ruminating about future disappointment, future abandonment, future loss, or future danger. Many childhood survivors of trauma …

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