The Polyvagal Theory of Trauma

“Trauma is a pervasive fact of modern life,” Peter Levine wrote in his 1997 book Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma. “Most of us have been traumatized, not just soldiers or victims of abuse or attack. Both the sources and consequences of trauma are wide-ranging and often hidden from our awareness.”  For Levine, the key to […]

Gabor Maté &“The Myth of Normal”

Trauma, Addiction, and Healing & The Criticality of Individualized Diagnosis and Treatment The Trauma-Addiction Connection In his influential 2009 book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Hungarian-Canadian physician and author Gabor Maté argued that most addictions are primarily driven by unprocessed trauma rather than stem from moral turpitude or lack of […]

Family Systems, Part One: What is family therapy, and why is it part of mental health treatment?

This article is the first in a series about family systems and the reciprocal relationship between family therapy and mental health treatment.  If nothing else, the pandemic has brought each of us a greater understanding of how we relate to one another: we miss our co-workers, we miss simple interactions with our neighbors, we start […]