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Explore the inner workings of the mind body system with neuroscientists, yoga instructors, and through the first hand experiences of those who have been impacted by trauma. Discover how to shift your patterns, begin to heal yourself, and make changes which promote the wellbeing of those around you.

Beyond Trauma lara land

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Explore the inner workings of the mind body system with neuroscientists, yoga instructors, and through the first hand experiences of those who have been impacted by trauma. Discover how to shift your patterns, begin to heal yourself, and make changes which promote the wellbeing of those around you.

    Unpacking Attachment | Annie Chen

    Unpacking Attachment | Annie Chen

    In this pivotal episode featuring Annie Chen, we delve deep into the fundamental concepts of attachment theory and the distinct indicators of each attachment style. Annie illuminates how early life experiences, particularly traumatic events, can shape these attachment styles and influence recurring patterns within our relationships as we mature. We explore strategies to mend negative behavioral cycles and emphasize the paramount importance of prioritizing healthy relationships. Additionally, we dissect the role of the nervous system and stress in our interactions, examining the profound impact of triggers on relationship dynamics. Our conversation extends to the correlation between relationship quality and overall happiness, alongside insights into the neuroscience behind our learning processes.
    Annie Chen is an author, therapist, consultant, and coach who holds two master’s degrees in counseling and psychology. With over 17 years dedicated to studying the mind, nervous systems, and relationships, Annie has developed a unique approach to relationships and working with people. Her work integrates research from neuroscience to help clients navigate the complexities of relationships and emotional safety. Annie maintains a practice of seeing individuals and couples in Berkeley, CA, and virtually. Her books, The Attachment Theory Workbook and I Want to Connect, have inspired over 100,000 people to work towards healthy relationships and promote a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection.
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    • 54 min
    Beyond the Chill: Cold Water Swimming for Trauma & Depression | Dr. Mark Harper

    Beyond the Chill: Cold Water Swimming for Trauma & Depression | Dr. Mark Harper

    This detailed episode with Dr. Mark Harper, author of breaks down the benefits of cold water swimming for trauma, chronic pain, depression, bipolar disorder, and other illnesses plaguing so many of us these days. Dr. Mark Harper shares the findings of his cold swimming studies and the direction his research is going. We discuss the various reasons you might consider cold water swimming as a priority in your wellness habits and how to start, if, like me, you are terrified of being cold and unable to breathe. Mark explains how cold the water should be to be effective, how long one should stay immersed, and how often to engage in cold water swimming to receive its benefits. He shares the many stories of those whose health has been drastically improved by cold water swimming and many other recommendations for blue therapy, and why this therapy works to reduce stress in all areas of our lives.

    Dr. Mark Harper is a consultant anesthetist. His first field of research was investigating the best way to keep patients warm during surgery and thereby reduce the incidence of postoperative complications. The results of these studies have been incorporated into national and international guidelines and Mark was invited to be an expert clinical adviser to NICE, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. Shortly after taking up his consultant post in Brighton in 2003, he started swimming in the sea throughout the year. Around the same time, whilst working on his PhD, he brought together his clinical research and the physiology of cold-water adaptation to show how outdoor swimming could be employed to reduce surgical complications. Further insights – both from his personal experience and the experimental literature - led him to propose that cold water swimming might be an effective intervention for mental health problems. In collaboration Dr Chris van Tulleken and the Extreme Environments Lab in Portsmouth, he had the opportunity to test this in practice on the BAFTA award-nominated BBC television program “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs.”  Following this success, he set up and ran the first-ever clinical trial using sea swimming as a clinical treatment - for anxiety and depression – the outcomes of which were incredibly positive. In the process, he helped set up Chill UK which now provides outdoor swimming courses for hundreds of people around the UK. His book, ‘Chill – the cold water swim cure’ was published in 2022 and is being translated into three other languages.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Cult Recruitment, Vulnerability & Recovery | Dr. Steve Eichel

    Cult Recruitment, Vulnerability & Recovery | Dr. Steve Eichel

    In this riveting conversation with cult expert Dr. Steve Eichel, we uncover the common recruitment strategies of some of the most notorious cults. Dr. Eichel shares his personal experience infiltrating a cult and the tactics they used on him and the rest of his cohort. That early encounter with cult culture informed his decades-long work supporting survivors of cult trauma and their families. We cover human psychology and how it impacts politics, signs you might be in a high-demand organization, and the parallels between intimate partner violence (IPV) and cult practices.
    Dr. Steve Eichel has been a licensed psychologist since 1982. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania after which he spent many years as a child and family psychologist and as a director of child and family services. Currently, in addition to his private practice, Dr. Eichel serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware. He has a specialty in drug and alcohol counseling and cultic practices, a subject he has written many articles dissecting.
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    • 1 hr
    The Complexities of Adoption and the Trauma of Separation | April Dinwoodie

    The Complexities of Adoption and the Trauma of Separation | April Dinwoodie

    It was an honor to sit down with April Dinwoodie to learn more about a topic I am admittingly not enough informed on. Until recently, I had not considered how innately traumatic the relinquishing of a child is both for that child and the birth parents. In this episode, we discuss both the personal and political implications of adoption. We talk about what happens when a child is taken away from their family of origin especially if their family of experience (as April likes to call them) is a different race. We interrogate trauma adaptions and how many of those show up later in life to protect against future abandonment. April clarifies how that word sits for her and the difference between processing the initial relinquishment from her mother of origin and her mother of origin's inability to be able to build a relationship with her later in life. We discuss what both individuals and society as a whole can do better in terms of adoption advocacy and April's number one recommendations for families considering adoption. Plus April and I dive into our favorite healing modalities and the layered approach to healing we both subscribe to.
    April Dinwoodie is an Adoption Activist, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Consultant, and Parent Coach. Dinwoodie’s podcast Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World! helps facilitate an open dialogue about identity, relationships, and differences of race, culture, and class. April is fiercely dedicated to helping individuals, companies, and organizations develop stronger teams, and ultimately find even more purpose in our individual and collective work.
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    • 56 min
    Trauma-Informed Herbalism | Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie

    Trauma-Informed Herbalism | Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie

    In this information-packed conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie, we discuss the incredible power of herbs in assisting with nervous system regulation. Elizabeth shares ways to work with herbs as a beginner including special herbal considerations for trauma survivors. She describes the benefits of teas versus tinctures and other herbal creations and goes into detail about specific herbs such as Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Dandelion, and many others. Elizabeth and I explore the importance of nature as part of healing, the power and the dangers of slowing down, polyvagal theory, and the three gunas. We also talk about titration, diet and so much more...

    Elizabeth Guthrie is the founder of Herbal Somatics. She is a clinical herbalist, certified aromatherapist, and yoga teacher with a Ph.D. in Natural Medicine with a specialization in Naturopathic Psychology and a Master’s of Public Health in Functional Nutrition. They are also the best-selling author of The Trauma-Informed Herbalist and hold multiple other certifications from conventional and traditional schools. Elizabeth’s personal experiences led them to begin studying trauma and its effects on the body and mind. Now they help others to learn how natural wellness and somatic herbalism practices can be safely implemented as part of a trauma recovery journey.
    Check out Elizabeth's work: Website/Instagram/Facebook
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ending the Stigma: Suicide Awareness | Dr. Jessa Navide´

    Ending the Stigma: Suicide Awareness | Dr. Jessa Navide´

    In this very vulnerable and candid conversation with esteemed psychologist Dr. Jessa Navide´, we dive into the truth of about suicidality. Jessa details who is at the highest risk for suicidal attempts, the signs that someone you know might be suicidal, as well as how to approach a loved one you suspect is having suicidal thoughts. Jessa shares deep insights from her own experience as a survivor of multiple suicide attempts and what she wishes someone would have done for her. We discuss ways out of these thoughts including the particular power of trauma-sensitive yoga and the science behind why Ashtanga yoga may be so supportive a practice for suicide attempt survivors.
    This episode comes in advance of a longer virtual Suicide Prevention training Jessa is leading for the nonprofit Three and a Half Acres Yoga on February 8th, 6-8 pm Eastern time. This training is designed to have you walk away with core skills for showing up if a loved one in your community is experiencing these thoughts. Jessa recommends Three and a Half Acres Yoga trauma-sensitive classes and trauma-informed yoga teacher training in this episode.
    Suicidal thoughts do not have to be dealt with alone. If you, or someone you know needs immediate support, please contact the National Crisis Hotline at 988.
    Dr. Jessa Navidé is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a passion for suicide prevention stemming from lived and professional experience. She believes that by teaching skills to engage in compassionate conversations with those experiencing suicidal thoughts, everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. This belief led her to become an ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills) trainer. Dr. Jessa is a graduate of Three and a Half Acres trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training and has experienced that this form of yoga is a powerful healing resource in suicide prevention work
    Find Jessa at https://www.claritytherapynyc.com/nyc-therapist/jessa-navide-psy-d/

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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