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 […]

Trauma, Addiction, and Healing in Gabor Maté’s “Myth of Normal” and the Criticality of Individualized Diagnosis and Treatment

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 willpower. In his new book, The Myth of Normal, Maté widens the scope to a […]

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 […]