Articles Tagged "trauma"

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Sep 13, 2020

The science of language is the study of how humans communicate and understand meaning. It does this by examining the ways in which words influence and reflect internal and external processes and behavior, as well as social interaction and connectivity (Krieger & Gallois, 2017; Mehl & Pennebaker, 2003).  The average person speaks 150-160 English words […]

Increasingly, clinical psychology literature points to a relationship between therapists’ self-regulation and their capacity to effectively treat patients.  Indeed, theorists have suggested that therapists’ self-regulation – including their capacity to be self-reflective and mindful with patients – tends to facilitate therapeutic empathy (Buechler, 2008), rupture resolution (Safran & Muran, 2000), and mutual recognition (Benjamin, 2018).  […]

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Aug 27, 2020

Early 2020 has brought with it a number of unprecedented challenges. These challenges include navigating the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic and combating police brutality and racism more broadly while in the midst of that pandemic. For some, experiencing or witnessing actual or threatened harm from COVID-19 may be traumatic (Horesh & Brown, 2020). Further, the deaths […]

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Aug 27, 2020

A recent article from The New York Times revealed that the Black Lives Matter movement might be the largest social justice movement in United States History (Buchanan et al., 2020). The profound and continued systemic inequities and injustices towards Black people and communities have been observed with recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud […]

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Jul 5, 2020

The Intersection of the Community, Media, and Criminal Justice System After an individual is murdered, society turns its attention to the victim’s family members or loved ones. Communities often become captivated by the circumstances surrounding homicides. The media may feed the curiosity of the public by providing ongoing updates on cases, background information on the […]

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The Silence and Severity of Childhood Emotional Abuse Although treatment considerations for adults with histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse has grown over the years, psychotherapeutic treatment focusing on adults with childhood emotional abuse histories is in its nascency—at best. Emotional abuse and its impacts also tend to remain unseen, unacknowledged, and underreported by […]

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Dec 22, 2019

For Paul, for your courage I have been a mental health clinician for nearly 20 years, come from a family with a ‘high genetic loading’ for mental illness (as a psychiatrist colleague once bluntly noted) and I have had my own experience of depression and anxiety in the context of a marriage break up. Thus, […]

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Nov 12, 2019

“As quiet as it’s kept” is a phrase packed with resiliency, pain, and generational trauma. I first heard this phrase when I was about 5 years old. The phrase lacked a visible impact on my life until my late teens. In my family and other families in the South, I heard this phrase used to […]

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Nov 10, 2019

Many people who seek psychotherapy were either brought to the United States when they were young or born here with parents who are often trying to adapt to a new culture and language. Children of immigrants have to navigate being surrounded by peers who look and speak differently, and in many cases, their caretakers rely […]

Abstract This article introduces the special issue in which we explore problems and limitations inherent both in the development and implementation of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults. As Chair (Christine A. Courtois) and member (Laura S. Brown) of the guideline development panel, we […]