October 7, 2017

Are You Ready To Be A Revolutionary?

Dr. Robert Rhoton’s call to action speech at the 4th Annual Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Forum: For the last 10 years, Phoenix Children’s hospital and the ACE consortium have been striving to increase understanding of the impact of early life adversities in our community.  The consortium has done this largely […]
January 28, 2017

I May Be A Little Too Controlling!

“I may be a little controlling, but I don’t think I do it too much”. This comment and several others came from a thirty year old man who is going through a divorce and is suffering a great deal and seems confused about why every relationship he cares about ends […]
July 14, 2016

Childhood Trauma Can Alter Reactivity to Real or Perceived Threat

The developing brain organizes itself in reaction to experience and stimulation that the child is encountering. Regardless of the genetic makeup, the simple process of interacting with the environment is strengthening reactions to repeated environmental stimuli. If the stimuli are of a consistent nurturing pattern of relatively positive interactions the […]
June 28, 2016

Why Do Well Meaning People Have Marriages That Fail?

There are a tremendous number of incredibly sincere people who are struggling to maintain satisfying intimate relationships and marriages. Many of these people struggle as a result of the experiences that they had while grown to maturity within the walls of their own home. That is not a global indictment […]
June 16, 2016

Who Chooses to Be Dominated in a Relationship?

Occasionally one can hear criticisms and judgments about people that appear reluctant to leave relationships where they are dominated and sometimes abused. Mental health counselors and therapists also feel frustrated very often when dealing with those that they deem as victims in intimate relationships. In a recent training, one such […]
June 16, 2016

The Care and Feeding of a Child’s Brain

Recently speaking to a number of therapists in the southern part of Arizona gathered together for training on the neurobiology of trauma, the question was asked why one needs to understand so much about the brain and it’s functioning in order to be a more effective therapist. This question triggered […]