Polyvagal Theory and Healing from Childhood Trauma

Those who live with the after-effects of severe childhood trauma understand well how it feels to be continually on the lookout for danger. Some experience this as hypervigilance feeling unsafe no matter who they are with or where they are in life. Polyvagal theory does a wonderful job of explaining these responses as well as [...]

Toxic Stress, ACEs, and Polyvagal Theory

Stress is a normal part of life that no one can fully escape. However, when stress becomes toxic, it can affect our lives in drastic fashions that may change our life’s outcome. Adverse childhood experiences tie into toxic stress and both can cause considerable harm to both children and again when these kids grow to [...]

Shame, Blame, and Polyvagal Theory

How many times have we heard of people who were raped or otherwise violated being accused in their attacker's trial of not fighting or running away? The survivor, instead of receiving sympathy and justice, is instead bombarded inside the court and out with shame and blame. This article will examine the phenomenon of freezing during [...]

Poly What? Understanding Polyvagal Theory

I apologize for not being here as much as I should but I've been very busy. I'm volunteering now three days a week and writing for the CPTSD Foundation, another group (both paid gigs), and writing grants. I'm excited to be so busy but my blog has suffered. Please, be patient with me. I will [...]