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Dysregulation from CPTSD: Is There Anything GOOD About It?

When we talk about the possible lifelong effects of Childhood PTSD (my own term for Complex PTSD originating from early abuse and neglect), we’re usually talking about things like depression, addiction and relationship problems. We now know there is an underlying symptom that plays a role in the outward signs of PTSD -- and that’s brain dysregulation. In most ways, brain dysregulation is a problem. It causes us to be overreactive or numb, to have poor judgment, and even to suffer with a...

CPTSD: How to Keep Your Brain and Emotions Regulated in a Relationship

Just like other people, most of us who grew up with childhood trauma want to be, or are in, a loving partnership or marriage. But for those of us prone to brain and emotional dysregulation, it can be hard to stay OK, even when we’re under stress, even when we feel ignored or abandoned, and even when we're in the middle of an argument. There are simple strategies (that take work) to stay present and keep your emotions level so that you can enjoy your relationship, and create a sense of...

Register NOW for next month's Trauma & Resilience Conference in Portland... I'd love to meet you in person!

There is an exciting conference coming to the Pacific Northwest, and I have been invited to present. The conference is called “Trauma and Resilience” and is hosted by the University where I am completing my Doctor of Ministry. CLICK HERE for more information on the conference. This conference aims to tackle some of the more perplexing issues surrounding the current discussion in multiple fields around trauma. It is often said that art is impossible to define, though "you know it when you see...

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