February 8, 2016

Can Lifestyle Generate Trauma Symptoms in Families?

Can Lifestyle Generate Trauma Symptoms in Families? It may be that the label of being a dysfunctional family is over utilized.  The reality is that every human being adapts to the environments that they are in, some of those adaptions or mitigations bring a greater sense of satisfaction than others, […]
February 15, 2016

Could Child Trauma Begin Before Conception?

This is a much more complicated question than one might think. One of the factors that complicate the question is that there exists no set, clear and well defined definition of what is traumatic. There exist a tremendous latitude to what can be traumatic, based on the individual’s resiliency and […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]