Complex/Developmental Trauma

  • Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation
  • Dr. Katehakis gives a historical perspective on the evolution of the understanding of sex addictions. She explains the theory of regulation developed by Dr. Schore and explains sex addiction as a regulatory process to deal with chronic states of dysregulation. A successful therapy is the one that accomplishes the integration of the right and left brains. In her practice, she uses CBT techniques and ART....

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Dr. van der Kolk describes the effects of trauma in the body, brain and mind. A particular emphasis is put in the bodily manifestations of trauma and the fact the traumatic past events remain in the body as a present threat. He discusses the uselessness of traditional therapeutic techniques and introduces EMDR as a successful treatment for PTSD, explaining its technique, how it works and presenting some data that supports its effectiveness. As a conclusion, Dr. van der Kolk says that the aim of treating PTSD is to deactivate trauma and reset the limbic system, allowing for a reconnection with the body....

  • Developmental Trauma Disorder: Towards a Rational Diagnosis For Children With Complex Histories
  • Childhood trauma , including abuse and neglect, is probably our nation’s single most important public health challenge, a challenge that has the potential to be largely resolved by appropriate prevention and intervention. Each year over 3,000,000 children are reported to the authorities for abuse and/ or neglect in the United States of which about one million are substantiated. Many thousands m o re undergo traumatic medical and surgical procedures, and are victims of accidents and of comunity violence. However, most trauma begins at home: the vast majority of people (about 80 %) responsible for child maltreatment are children’s own parents. One of van der Kolk’s most important contributions has been his effort to alert the field to the frequent occurance of developmental trauma (aka complex trauma) and his (still frustrated) attempts to have it become a recognized diagnosis. In this article he describes the central role of affect regulation, the dynamics of childhood trauma, it’s prevalence in the etiology of psychiatric illness and treatment implications. ...

  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Early Trauma
  • The author describes how the brain reacts to trauma. She then discusses the long-term effects of trauma on a person’s neurobiology; she uses neurobiology, in turn, to inform how therapy should be conducted for those affected by trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is offered as a means to help clients overcome their trauma....

  • An Attachment Perspective on Psychopathology
  • In recent years, attachment theory, which was originally formulated to describe and explain infant-parent emotional bonding, has been applied to the study of adolescent and adult romantic relationships and then to the study of psychological processes, such as interpersonal functioning, emotion regulation, coping with stress, and mental health. In this paper, we offer a brief overview of the attachment perspective on psychopathology. Following a brief account of attachment theory, we go on to explain how the study of individual differences in adult attachment intersects with the study of psychopathology....

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Video
  • Dr. Vince Felitti presents the results of his ground breaking study on adverse childhood experiences. No study has had greater impact on the understanding of the impact of developmental trauma on adult psychological and medical pathology and age of death. Being aware of these findings is crucial for work....

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