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A number of new articles have been added to this site that focuses on emotional or psychological trauma rooted in early life experience. The newer, as well as older materials focus on somatic experience and relationship as the means of bringing about neurological repair and healing. Featured are leading authorities in the field of psychological or emotional trauma whose emphasis is on changing the brain. These papers focus on identifying, preventing and healing emotional trauma in children and adults.

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New Article Series:
Love Relationship Help and Advice

As babies, many of us experienced unsuccessful, even traumatic, relationships in our first love encounters with a primary caretaker. In these instances, we may struggle not only to find, but also maintain a lasting and fulfilling adult love relationship.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., along with Jaelline Jaffe, Ph.D., has authored a free eBook that takes into account new brain discoveries regarding the traumatic impact of our first love relationship -- attachment -- as a means to healing through our adult relationships.

By applying the lessons about attachment found in this eBook, you will find and build that special relationship that mends the past.

Click here to enter the eBook on


Table of Contents

Love Relationship Help and Advice: Quiz and Introduction to Free eBook – Get the basics and seek answers in our relationship quiz.

Part One: Basic Communication Skills for Keeping Love Alive

1. Relationship Help and Advice: The Deeper Issues in a Love Relationship – Learn how an infant’s nonverbal relationship with its mother is the basis for either successful or unsuccessful adult love relationships.

2. Managing Stress in a Love Relationship: Learning to Be Calm and Centered – Take time to chill before jumping in. We must first learn to manage stress in the face of strong emotions, before we can develop the communication skills that will re-energize our relationships.

3. Managing Stress in a Love Relationship: Finding What Works Best for You – This workout consists of exercises that will pump up your ability to reduce stress, regain focus and manage conflict.

4. Passionate Feelings and Emotions: The Glue that Creates Intimate Connection – Tap into the emotions that will attract and hold the interest of others.

5. Learning to Take Control of Intense Emotions: A Therapeutic Process – Cruise into control with this training exercise to help you experience, accept and benefit from the intense emotions that are vital to sustaining intimacy.

Part Two: Communication Skills to Solve Love Relationship Problems and Manage Conflict

6. Nonverbal Communication: Learning the Language of Love – Talk can be cheap. Learn newly discovered nonverbal skills that translate into closer, more fulfilling love relationships.

7. Playful Communication: Skills to Strengthen an Interpersonal Relationship – Playtime never has to be over. Use these interactive ideas to overcome many challenging situations and experience shared joy.

8. Conflict Resolution: Communication Skills for Keeping a Relationship Healthy – Take differences in stride by using the lessons of the attachment bond to reframe negativity. .

Delve Deeper – Discover the science behind this eBook.


Daniel Siegel, MD - Professional Interview
This web article by Daniel Siegel, for both lay and professional audiences, breaks down and details the kinds of personal and interpersonal experience that results in successful or unsuccessful attachment bonds.

Constance M. Lillas, Ph.D., MFT, RN - Addressing Infant and Toddler Issues in the Juvenile Court: Challenges for the 21st Century
The article, for both lay and professional readers, outlines problems in the judicial system itself that create trauma in children.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - Principles of Working With Traumatized Children
An excellent list of do's and don't for responding to a child who has been traumatized.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - Biological Relativity: Time and the Developing Child
A gripping expiation of why it is so important to deliberately engage the developing brain of an infant and young child.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - The Meaning in Words
An interview by Helen Benhem, Scholastic Corporate Vice President Founder, Early Childhood Division with Dr Perry that focuses on the importance for children of adult interaction in learning the meaning of words.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - The Developmental Hot Zone
A vivid description of how the how the brain learns and changes by absorbing information.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - Curiosity: The Fuel of Development

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - Attachment: The First Core Strength
A detailed description of the attachment bond.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. - Self-Regulation: The Second Core Strength
How adults play a pivotal role in helping children self regulate.

Bruce Perry MD, Ph.D. - Violence and Childhood: How Persisting Fear Can Alter the Developing Child's Brain
Of special interest to law enforcement professionals.

Bruce D Perry and colleagues -Childhood Trauma, the Neurobiology of Adaptation and Use- dependent Development of the Brain: How States become Traits.
Outstanding background article for anyone interested in expanding their understanding of the personal and social consequences of early emotional trauma.

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D - Panic, Biology, and Reason: Giving the Body Its Due

Pat Ogden, Ph.D. and Kekuni Minton, Ph.D. - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma
A description of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Don Dorsey, Ed.D. - EMDR and the Neurobiology and Treatment of Trauma
A brief but well documented description of EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing ) and its application to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Darling G. Villena-Mata, Ph.D - Similarities between Adult Children of Alcoholics or Childhood Abuse With Recipients of Societal Trauma
This article focuses on societal trauma

Paula Thomson, Psy.D. - The Traumatized Imagination: Creativity, Trauma and the Neurobiology of the Resilient Spirit
Focuses on the relationship between creativity and trauma

Gina Ross, psychotherapist, MFCC - The Trauma Vortex in Action Again in the Middle East
Focuses on societal trauma and offers an approach to healing at the societal level.

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. - What is "The Primal Wound" - Understanding the Trauma of Mother-Newborn Separation
Focuses on trauma from the perspective of adoption

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. - Babies Separated from Mothers at Birth
An interview about the trauma of infant maternal separation, with Dr. Wendy McCord, a nationally recognized pre- and perinatal psychologist and family therapist.

Gabor Mate MD from his book Scattered Minds This is a commercial site that contains an clear, detailed and well written account of the experience of developmental trauma and its life long multigenerational influence. Excellent material for the non-professional as well as professional reader.

Mary Sykes Whylie -The Limits of Talk
An excellent article for the lay reader written about Bessel van der Kolk

After The Emergency Is Over: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In Children And Youth
Outstanding site for parents and anyone interested in children
This excellent website offers information on attachment and disrupted attachment for families who have adopted traumatized children -especially those from foreign countries.


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