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 […]
April 27, 2016

Department of Child Safety working with the Arizona Trauma Institute to create change

The Arizona Trauma Institute, a regional training and consulting organization, is pleased to announce that we will be working collaboratively the Department of Child Safety to train staff and support the creation of a more trauma sensitive system.  This collaboration is part of DCS Director Greg McKay’s desire that “Arizona […]
April 22, 2016

Narcissism and Self-centered behavior Part #3

Regardless of which pattern is being expressed by an individual in any relationship there is a creation of interactional dynamics that are frequently exhausting, frustrating, personally painful, and emotionally trying. The remaining text is dedicated to illustrating the differences in the dual symptom structure of narcissism starting with the inhibited symptoms […]
April 15, 2016

Narcissism and Self-centered behavior Part #2

Attachment is about the degree that one feels emotionally connected to others, and the predictable nature of that connection. When attachment is inconsistent or poor the predictable nature of the emotional connection is vague and ill-formed. This appreciably reduces trust and the calm expectation of support that human beings rely […]
April 7, 2016

Narcissism and Self-centered behavior Part #1

A client once sat and expressed that his singular talent was “pissing off” everyone he knew in his life. Even those that started liking him soon learned that he was less than likable in most interactions. The real difficulty was that he was a very intelligent and competent professional and […]