What is Somatic Experiencing (SE) ?

by Ruth Shidlo

As a body-mind practitioner and clinical psychologist, I have found that incorporating principles of Somatic Experiencing (SE) into my practice has provided me with a whole new way of helping people move on with their lives when stressed, anxious, depressed, traumatized, or otherwise in pain (including living with chronic pain). So what then, is Somatic Experiencing, and how does it work?

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Ways to Manage Worry Instead of it Managing You – Part TWO

by Daniel Baum

In part two of my blog, “Worry! Ways to Manage Worry Instead of it Managing You”, I am going to present to you some general recommendations and thoughts about dealing with worry.

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Coaching: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

As a new kid on the block, life coaching as a discipline is relatively new and, as such, widely misunderstood. Many people out there who could really thrive with life coaching support don’t seem to find the coach they are looking for, this is a shame and something that needs to be amended. The reasons are diverse, they include a lack of professional accreditation, an agreement on what exactly is and is not coaching, who is capable of being a reputable coach, how is one to decide what represents “good coaching”, how is success measured as well as a plethora of strong marketing hype that creates a fog over the whole area. My intention here is to focus on the clarifying questions that will help people out there come to the conclusion that it is coaching they are looking for and not one of the other respectable modes of support offered. As in many areas of human support, there is always going to be overlap between different modalities but here are the list of ten questions that should give you a feel if it is coaching that you should be considering.

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Ways to Manage Worry Instead of it Managing You – Part One

by Daniel Baum

My goal, after you finish reading this blog is that you will get a more comprehensive understanding of toxic worry and the tools to help you manage it better. Managing your worrying in a healthier way will allow you to free yourself, increase your energy level and give you a greater ability to love yourself and others. Worry only inhibits the expression of love.

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Of Guts and Brain: The Gut-Brain Axis

by Ruth Shidlo

If you are willing to make a few changes, “disease goes away as a side effect of health.” (Hyman, 2012, p. 29)

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Exodus and Anxiety

by Ariel Penkower

Slavery, while terrible, represented a secure existence. By that, I mean that life was consistent, unchanging, certain. A slave will never achieve great things or recognition on a greater societal level, but he/she will also rarely encounter doubt and anxiety.

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Simmering Soup: On the Importance of Asking Questions

by Robin B. Zeiger

Sometimes the question sits on the back burner like low-simmering stew that has all but been forgotten. An innocent question may ignite a fire in a chilly room and we are off in a new direction. Or sometimes it buzzes around like a nasty mosquito.

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Why are Teens Getting Fibromyalgia?

by Sara Halevi

Teenagers are suffering from stress-related and stress-induced illnesses like never before

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Valuable Tips to Manage Pain

by Ruth Shidlo

Given what we know today, it appears likely that unresolved trauma, whether minor or major, plays a role in the persistence of chronic pain, through mechanisms of kindling (a self-perpetuating phenomenon of neural excitation) and priming (in which the brain readies itself to respond a certain way), that cause us to continually brace ourselves against the threat that caused the pain or the internal threat of pain itself. This is great news, because it means that to the extent that the trauma is worked through at the body/mind level, the pain should either disappear or lessen.

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All Shapes and Sizes: Understanding the Many Manifestations of Disordered Eating

by Johanna Hazan

I’ve met many young women who obsessively dieted and restricted food intake only to then binge or eat compulsively (often against their will in a sort of uncontrollable impulse), who are miserable and full of self-loathing, who’s entire existence revolves around what they can and cannot eat – but who don’t believe they have a real problem because they’re BMI is in the healthy range.

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Unravelling Therapy: Getting the Help you Need

by Batya L. Ludman

Your ability to feel comfortable with your therapist will help determine your level of trust and the ability to work through things together. What works best for one person may not be helpful for another. Good treatment should be individualized to suit your personal needs.

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How Fear Makes Pain Worse

by Sara Halevi

once the fear kicks in, bringing a host of physical and psychological responses with it, all of that preparedness just sits there, making us anxious. And, this makes the pain even worse!

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I Think My Spouse Has Asperger’s

by Tzippora Price

“No, he is not the reason I came. Since his diagnosis, I have learned a lot about autism, and the different forms it can take. I’ve come to talk about my husband. I believe he is also on the autistic spectrum. I believe he has Asperger syndrome.”

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Preparing for Seminary in Israel

by Machon Dvir - The Dvir Institute

If your daughter is nervous about spending a year in Seminary in Israel, what are the issues to look out for, and how can you prepare her to get the most out of her year?

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To Be Mindful Or Not To Be

by Chava Lederer

So, I encourage mindfulness.  I invite my clients to be mindful: to attend, without judgment, to the present moment. I invite them to notice themselves, and use that awareness to inform their next move.

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GrrrATTITUDE

by Tanya Prochko

I am grateful for Black Friday sales, I’m grateful for the ability to notice the things in my life that I’m grateful for, and I’m grateful for understanding that gratitude is not a state that is present only on condition.  I can CHOOSE to be grateful no matter what is going on in my life.  

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The Sex Offender Next Door

by Tanya Prochko

Red Flags in Adult Behaviors – Child Safety Information

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THERAPY – To Go or Not to Go: An Open Letter to a Proud Man

by Raphael Schondorf

I know that the idea of therapy has crossed your mind on more than one occasion. Perhaps it was when you were lying in bed wondering if you will ever break free from…. Perhaps it was after a particularly strenuous family visit, where certain painful realities about yourself and your family started becoming clear. Or maybe it was after a social gathering where you so desperately wanted to make contact with the people sitting next to you, but you couldn’t muster up the courage. Whatever the issue, if you considered therapy and then backed down because you wondered “what would my friends or family think about me if they knew I was seeing a therapist”, then this letter is addressed to you.

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Parenting That Child

by Raphael Schondorf

Summer break has come and gone and it’s back to work, school and the daily…

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EMDR: How and Why?

by Shulamit Lando

Personal and professional experience with EMDR

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