Preventing and Healing Stress Related Depression, Anxiety and Childhood Behavior
Santa Barbara Graduate



Welcome! This is a professional , non-commercial web site intended for parents, educators, adults with relationship problems that result from stress-related disorders like depression and anxiety, and also for health professionals with a working knowledge in emotional/psychological trauma.

Our goal is to help you recognize that psychological/emotional trauma is:

  • common for both children and adults.
  • a reaction to environmental experience that disrupts neurological development.
  • characterized by ongoing emotional, health, relational and learning problems.
  • healed through relational intervention that fosters new neurological function.

This definition is based on a broad spectrum of brain research and technology, and is far broader than simply addressing trauma as defined by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

We began with a series of community sponsored conferences — “From Neurons to Neighborhoods” — which focused on cutting-edge discoveries in the fields of child development, brain research and psychological trauma. Today, we continue as a community based collaborative that includes parents, teachers and health care providers.

Beyond information, this site also offers hope to:

  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Adults with relational trauma
  • Health care providers


New Article Series:
Relationship Help: Emotionally Intelligent Communication for improving home and work relationships

As infants and young children, many of us experience unsuccessful, even traumatic, relationships. This initial relationship, based on nonverbal communication, often creates lifelong patterns that contribute to frustrating and difficult communication in important home and work relationships. By applying the lessons of successful nonverbal communication, we can learn to become emotionally intelligent communicators.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., along with Jaelline Jaffe, Ph.D., has authored a series of articles that takes into account new brain discoveries as a means to healing through our adult work and love relationships.

By applying the lessons about attachment in this series of articles, you can acquire the skills for home and work relationships that will help you to become a successful and emotionally intelligent communicator.

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Table of Contents

1. Relationship Help - Emotional Intelligence in Communication

2. Managing Stress in Relationships - stay calm and focused to communicate well

3. Becoming a Stress-Buster Detective - find quick stress relief that work best for you 

4. Emotion Communicates - why successful relationships are emotionally intelligent

5. Raising your Emotional Intelligence - a process for using and enjoying all your emotions  

6. Nonverbal Communication - learning the Language of Emotionally Intelligent Communication

7. Playful Communication Skills - to strengthen interpersonal relationships

8. Conflict Resolution Skills - communication for Keeping a Relationship Healthy


A The Attachment Bond - Our first relationship that shapes future relationships

B. The Social Emotionally Intelligent Brain - New brain research into the social make up of the brain.



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