Trauma & Attachment Therapy

NYT’s Article: A Typical Suicide of an American Soldier

January 2nd, 2011|PTSD, PTSD in Iraq war soldiers, Suicide, Veterans|

James Risen writes about a soldier, Staff Sgt. David Senft, with PTSD who kills himself in Afghanistan. The article lists many things that predict successful suicide: Senft came from a distressed "broken" family. He had many attachment disruptions in childhood. He had been on multiple tours of duty. He had PTSD

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Attachment Theory and Adult Relationships

December 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

"What Attachment Theory Can Teach about Love and Relationships" by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, in the January 2011 Scientific American is a good introduction to attachment styles, how they affect our ways of relating, and how to get conscious control over some of our dating styles, despite our early experience.

Ailing Parents, Aging Selves

December 22nd, 2010|Aging|

Many of my clients are near my age, the mid-fifties. Many of us are dealing with ailing and dying parents, just as our own bodies are showing signs of mortality. Here are several issues that arise: The balance of self-care and care of the increasingly needy parent The lack of

Tricare Refuses to Pay for CRT & EMDR for Veterans

December 22nd, 2010|EMDR, Insurance for psychotherapy, Mental Health Policy, Neuroscience, Psychiatric diagnoses, Psychotherapy in the media, Veterans|

National Public Radio wrote and spoke about the "Battle Over the Science" of Tricare not paying for cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) "despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon’s health plan for troops and many veterans does not to

Is Schizophrenia Caused by a Retro-Virus?

November 14th, 2010|AIDS Dementia, EMDR, Medicine and Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatric diagnoses, schizophrenia|

Fascinating article, The Insanity Virus, in the November online Discover magazine describes studies that show that schizophrenia and MS may be from viruses that trigger the Toxoplasmosis and CMV viruses that most of us already carry. It's a long read that got more interesting (for me) on pages 3 and

When Encouraging “Self-Care” Feels Like a Brush-Off

November 9th, 2010|Attachment therapy, projection, psychotherapy, Self Care, Trauma, Weblogs|

Dr. Kathleen Young, writes in her wonderful blog: Treating Trauma in Chicago, about when self-care is interpreted as abandonment. Read the article and the comments, then look at the rest of this great blog:

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It Gets Better

October 25th, 2010|Gay, LGBT, Sexual Minorities, Visual Aids in Psychotherapy|

The outpouring of support after the spate LGBT suicides has been amazing. The latest and most moving part is a song by young Broadway performers "It Gets Better". My homeboy, Dan Savage started the project with videos of gay and lesbian adults talking about how they survived harassment and worse

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Imaginal Nurturing, Ego States and Attachment

October 20th, 2010|April Steele, Attachment therapy, Pschotherapy websites|

I've taken two different versions of April Steele's Developing a Secure Self course. Each time I learned more about creating good, strong, attachment experiences in clients with unfortunate childhoods. (Most of my caseload!) April teaches assessment, therapeutic stance, and has scripted protocols for bringing clients' loving adult attention to their infant

The Frugal Practitioner: How to start or support your private practice in hard times

September 25th, 2010|Online Billing, Pschotherapy websites, Psychotherapy finances, Psychotherapy Marketing, Technology and Psychotherapy, Weblogs|

The Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers put on a workshop for practitioners in Seattle this morning. First, Brian O'Neill, the CEO of Office Ally spoke about his free online billing and practice management services. I've been using Office Ally for billing for 3 years. It's easy, completely

Nancy Smyth on Why therapists should know about social media.

September 10th, 2010|Weblogs|

Nancy Smyth writes a great blog about social workers and technology. Her latest post is about how some therapists proudly acknowledge ignorance and no interest in Facebook and other social media and explains why they're wrong. See it here. Then check out the rest of her blog.

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Launching the new website

August 28th, 2010|Pschotherapy websites, Web/Tech|

The new website is up now at The old one was out of date and I didn't have the expertise to modify it so I paid a site-building company to help me. Here are the questions we tried to answer. Click on the colored links to see the pages.

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Therapeutic Metaphors from Star Trek and other Popular Culture

August 28th, 2010|DID/MPD, Dissociation, Ego State Therapy, Multiple Personality Disorder, Psychological Brain, Psychotherapy in the media, Television|

Utilization is the idea that therapists should use the culture and the language that their clients already use. If your client has watched Star Trek, they already know how to utilize these great tools.  Safe place: "Do you know what a containment field is on Star Trek? Great! So imagine

Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum

August 17th, 2010|AEDP, Anxiety disorders, April Steele, Attachment therapy, Books, Brainspotting, Child Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Consultation, Daniel Siegel, Diana Fosha, Ego State Therapy, EMDR, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, ISTDP, Mindfulness, Movement Therapy, Multiple Personality Disorder, Neuroscience, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, OCPD, Polyvagal Theory, Professional Ethics, Psychiatric diagnoses, psychotherapy, PTSD, PTSD in Iraq war soldiers, Rape in the military, Stephen Porges, Structural Dissociation, Veterans, Writing|

My copy of the new book arrived today. Here is what Diana Fosha says about it:"This is a thorough, accessible, and very practical book, filled with resources and sound ideas, filtered through the intelligence and experience of a savvy, compassionate, down-to-earth, and very experienced clinician. It is like a travel

Is life more fun without children?

August 2nd, 2010|Weblogs|

Is life more fun without children? Read this lovely, heart-breaking story from Jennifer Lawler, a mother writing about her experience with her severely brain-damaged child: . I think her answer is, "It doesn't matter."

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“Anxiety” on To The Best of Our Knowledge

July 9th, 2010|Anxiety disorders, Mental Health Policy, Psychotherapy in the media|

A great hour of interviews about anxiety on one of best radio shows around. This one includes Patricia Pearson, author of A Brief History of Anxiety, Yours and Mine, and her own experience with anxiety medications and learning to self-soothe; Ethan Waters, talking about the globalization of American psychiatric diagnoses and

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Insurance Company Scam

June 7th, 2010|Insurance for psychotherapy|

If you get a phone call from Multiplan asking you to lower your fee with an insurance company in order to get "expedited payment", turn them down. This happened to me and to a colleague of mine. First your insurance company doesn't pay you for sessions that you did. Then

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Andrew Leeds Positive Affect Training

May 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Susan Kravitz and Katy Murray, the wonderfully effective stewards of the Southwest Washington Regional meeting, organized a training for EMDR therapists in Olympia, at which they played an audiotape of Andrew Leeds teaching about enhancing positive affect. (2007, Learning to Feel Good About Positive Emotions, from the 2007 EMDRIA conference worshop on the Positive

A Meditation for Clients Who Have Complex Trauma

May 19th, 2010|Dissociation, Ego State Therapy, Mindfulness, Sex Abuse|

This meditation was generously shared by someone else's client who was neglected and abused as a child. She does it as part of breathing practice: breathing in each true line. In it she speaks to different parts of self and all parts of self, counteracting distressing and untrue beliefs and

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Ethics and Technology Workshop

April 30th, 2010|Ethics in Psychotherapy, Professional Ethics, Psychotherapy and Technology, Social Media, Technology and Psychotherapy, Visual Aids in Psychotherapy|

I attended Lisa Erickson's Professional Ethics & Technology workshop today, sponsored by Cascadia Training. Here's what I came away with: SKYPE Skype, the computer phone and video-phone service, is encrypted and hard to break into. If Skype's employees wanted to listen in, they could. But why would they? The picture

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Surviving An IRS Audit

January 29th, 2010|IRS Audit, Psychotherapy finances|

Here's how we prepared, what we did right, and how it went: Our returns were "flagged" by the IRS because my husband, Doug Plummer, has a home office and $20,000 of travel expenses, and because I never gave 1099's to my three consultants, and because of our two rentals (one

Why We Do Trauma Therapy

November 20th, 2009|Books, psychotherapy, Trauma, Writing|

Here is the last paragraph of the Introduction to Trauma Treatments Handbook, Protocols Across the Spectrum. You're seeing it before the publishers do. Before I send it in, do you have anything to add about why we do this work? I'll publish what you write, unless it's spam.   As

Kathy Steele: Neurobiology of DID, on Science Friday

November 13th, 2009|DID/MPD, Dissociation, Neuroscience, Structural Dissociation, Trauma|

Kathy Steele, cocreator of the Structural Dissociation Theory, patiently defends the existence of Dissociative Identity Disorder to Ira Flatow and Numan Gharaibeh (a clueless psychiatrist) on NPR's Science Friday. Worth a listen:  I've run into this blindness before, mostly in analytically trained psychiatrists, despite all evidence.

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