Arielle Schwartz

Complex PTSD: What’s Lurking Beneath the Surface – HPP 04

Trauma theories and therapies have been gaining a lot of attention in our field in the last decade. It’s really for a good reason. Neuroscience and the advancement of somatic therapies have unlocked new ways of working with trauma that were very difficult to treat.

We’re going to discuss Complex PTSD and how it differs from what typically comes to mind when we think of trauma. Complex PTSD is often interpersonal trauma that happened over a period of time during early childhood. Even within this definition there are degrees of how severely a person is traumatized and many people walking down the street, whether it’s you or me, may have a degree of Complex PTSD that we are attempting to overcome in ourselves.

We will explore what’s happening in the brain when we can’t process an overwhelming event, why it’s important to distinguish between the different forms of trauma, and also differential diagnosis between others disorders.

A major piece to healing complex PTSD comes from understanding post-traumatic growth models, and how resiliency and wisdom often rise from the places that were so difficult in our past.

Dr. Arielle Schwartz is an EMDR Therapy consultant and the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. She has spent nearly two decades researching and understanding the workings of trauma and how to heal.

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Max Brandel

Knowing Yourself with the Enneagram Personality System – HPP 03

Personality systems have been around for a long time in the field of psychology. They’ve obviously influenced our culture when we say things like, “that person has a type-A personality.” And systems like the Myers-briggs have infiltrated non-profits and corporate America to help people understand each other and work together in better ways.

In this episode, we’re going to look at the Enneagram and the transformational power it has in a psychotherapeutic application. Unlike other personality systems, the Enneagram looks deeply into both the health and neurotic tendencies of personality types. This allows us to use it as a psycho-educational tool with clients and how they show up in their lives, but also as a therapeutic intervention which you will hear about on the episode. A great takeaway that’s going to apply to your office work is how the Enneagram classifies mental health and mental suffering. We’re also going to talk about ways in which clinicians use this in couples work and why the system is growing so quickly in popularity right now in the self-help and personal development field.

Max Brandel has been studying the Enneagram and the Diamond Approach for over a decade. In the Enneagram world that’s a really long time. He has a private psychotherapy practice where he integrates the Enneagram in his work with individuals, and has many insights and stories about how you can apply this to private practice.

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Lisa Dion

The Neurobiology of Play Therapy: A Synergetic Approach – HPP 02

In an optimal environment, most children will experience a healthy developmental process and not exhibit signs of overwhelming distress and emotional imbalances. Unfortunately, parenting is not common sense as many people expect. In a world filled with many distractions, it’s quite easy to mis-attune to our children and have significant issues surface that need attention.

In this episode, we dive into the world of children and what can happen to their nervous system when their needs aren’t consistently met. Our guest, Lisa Dion, founder and CEO of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and Synergetic Play therapy talks to us about authenticity and authentic expression as a Play Therapy clinicians, why your own “window of tolerance” matters more than your think, and instruction during play and when it undermines a child’s growth.

And we’re not just talking about Play Therapy here, even though it’s a very important application of this episode. This information applies to parents every where who are trying to learn the most effective ways to help their children grow in a healthy manner.

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Jayson Gaddis

Why Relationships Fail and a New Model for Thriving Partnerships – HPP 01

With the challenges faced in modern relationships, it makes sense why so many of them end with a sense of incompletion and failure. As therapists, there have been a lot of tools and models developed to deal with this dilemma, but partnerships  rarely achieve optimal states of health, attachment, and intimacy.

Jayson Gaddis, relationship expert and student, and founder of the relationship school, is here to talk to us about how to do relationships in a truly meaningful and healthy way. He’s going to discuss a new model and open a doorway for you on why so many people struggle in their partnerships and how to break out of the cycle.

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