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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 27, 2017

TRAUMADDICTION: Part 1

TraumAddiction: Safety and Stabilization for the Addicted Survivor of Trauma by Eric Gentry, Ph.D, LMHC, CAC, CTS Amy Menna, LCSW Marjie Scofield, MSW  April 1, 2004 TraumAddiction: Safety and Stabilization Erica is an attractive, 30-year-old woman who recently completed a 28-day recovery program for substance abuse.  Erica is a survivor […]