Dysregulation After Trauma

Dysregulation after Trauma By: Angela Englander      August 3, 2015 After traumatic experiences people often find themselves having to cope with a variety of struggles. At times the struggles they are experiencing do not seem to relate directly to the trauma yet may result because of an inability to regulate emotions and/or behaviours. Regulation is a
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Opposites That Can Both Be True

      Opposites That Are Both True By: Angela Englander                   July 28, 2015 This exercise is designed to help people challenge unhealthy thinking patterns and reduce black and white thinking. By challenging your mind to believe two seemingly contradicting messages at the same time your brain is learning to see things through a healthier
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Three Phase Treatment of Childhood Trauma

Three Phase Treatment of Childhood Trauma By: Angela Englander                                       July 28, 2015 Stage 1: Establishing a sense of safety and emotional wellbeing In order to heal from trauma a person must gain a sense of safety, without this feeling of safety a person may continue to be in the fight or flight response and their
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Pros and Cons of living the life you want

Pros and Cons of Living the Life you want  By: Angela Englander This chart can be used to calculate the pros and cons of making a choice that contributes to you living the life you want to live.                           Doing what you want                      
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What’s keeping you from living the life you deserve?

What’s keeping you from the life you deserve? By: Angela Englander Use this worksheet to figure out what false beliefs are keeping you from achieving the life you want. For each belief figure out if it’s something you feel about yourself, then use the space below to write a challenge to that false belief. I
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Criteria For Complex PTSD

Criteria For Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder From: Chapter 6: Diagnosing and Identifying the Need for Trauma Treatment, in First stage trauma treatment: A guide for mental health professionals working with women (© CAMH 2003) The diagnostic construct of complex PTSD or DESNOS is not currently recognized in the DSM-IV as a freestanding diagnosis, but is
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Resilience

By Angela Englander This article gives a quick overview of resilience as it relates to the therapeutic process. Resilience is the ability to recover from traumatic experiences and continue on living a healthy life. Resilience and emotion regulation skills are learned through the social environment as opposed to the physical environment (Van Der Kolk, B.
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A Multi-Phase Safe Trauma Treatment

A Multi-Phase Safe Trauma Treatment    By: Angela Englander June 8, 2015 Phase one: Education about the therapeutic process Discussing goals Making a plan for treatment The client and the therapist form a working partnership and start figuring out how to work together effectively   Phase two: Focusing on emotional competence Emotional awareness Learning about
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Making Sense of Emotions

Making Sense of Emotions By: Angela Englander    May 22, 2015             Primary emotions and secondary emotions are the two categories that emotions are often placed into. Primary emotions occur when the emotion you are feeling fits the situation you are in. Secondary emotions occur when the primary emotion is too scary or painful to experience
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