Hand Model of the Brain – A Doodle-Illustrated Learning Resource

    This little video explains why it’s SO HARD to calm down once we’re set off. Make the motions with your own hand to get a sense of how an amygdala overwhelmed by fear, danger, or any overwhelming emotion can blow up, making us seem to “flip our lid” and act in ways we…

Normal Trauma Response vs PTSD: Interpreting the Research for Survivors

When brains experience trauma, they struggle to cope with it. It’s normal- and part of the healing process- to have flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts immediately following a traumatic experience. Knowing this and normalizing this matters! Recent research found that kids who believed their response to trauma was bad, wrong, or a sign something was…

Getting to the Root of Attention Seeking Behavior in Kids and Teens

“Doing something for attention” gets a bad rap. Doing something for attention has a negative value, but what if we consider another viewpoint? As a therapist, communication through behavior- especially attention-seeking behavior- is something I regard with so much honor. Seeking attention through the behavior is never our first attempt to get that attention. Often,…