Play Therapy and Its Importance in the Healing Process

Play therapy is an effective technique to help children open-up and heal from trauma. It can help them in treating mental illness and emotional issues. Children find it easier to express themselves with games and play. Instead of using the conventional method, play method is used to help kids who have difficulties expressing themselves. The interpersonal neurobiology of play is based on the play therapy. Interpersonal neurobiology brings... Read More

What is Interpersonal Neurobiology used for?

IPNB or Interpersonal Neurobiology is the brainchild of Allan Schore and Dan Siegel. The concept of IPNB is based on the foundation of continuous growth of the brain. The technique of IPNB is used to stimulate the brain with positive and powerful persuasion to heal trauma. According to a recently published book called interpersonal neurobiology of play, this conceptcan help transform conditions which were once known to be permanent. Essentially... Read More

Understanding the Application & Importance of Interpersonal Neurobiology

If ever there was a way to understand how our brain’s physical features & chemical interactions with the surrounding environment and emotions wouldn’t you want to learn more about it? Whether you wish to be trained in a rather chemical/biological direction or more of a sociological/psychological direction, there is an interdisciplinary aspect that can help you work out the human relationships and interactions. This aspect is known as... Read More

Making Peace with Grief

Making Peace with Grief: Achieving “Temporal Integration” If you are grieving, trying to make sense about life…and death…is probably frequently on your mind.  It was on my mind when my husband was diagnosed with cancer, throughout his treatment, and still continues long after his death. Recently, I’ve come across some science on brain health that helped me to understand my grieving process better. Instinctually, the... Read More

“Chronic” Grief

For more acute grief, please read post 1 and post 2. I end post 2 with the quote, “The place in your body where these two meet—strong back and soft front—is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply when we begin the process of being with dying.” (p.17) But what about the “brave. tender ground” when we are at the two year or the five year anniversary of our loss?  I always say to clients who are experiencing... Read More

Grief Toolkit: Helpful Phrases

My hope is that anyone experiencing deep grief can somehow encounter my “grief toolkit” here.  I am going to list the tools that I used as I was with my husband, Roger, during his cancer diagnosis.  These tools aren’t a panacea for grief.  The truth is that, quite possibly, if you are the grieving person, the emotions that you are experiencing are the most intense and painful that you have ever known.  This can be if you are grieving... Read More

Grief Toolkit: Strong Back, Soft Front

My hope is that anyone experiencing deep grief can somehow encounter my “grief toolkit” here.  I am going to list the tools that I used as I was with my husband, Roger, during his cancer diagnosis.  These tools aren’t a panacea for grief.  The truth is that, quite possibly, if you are the grieving person, the emotions that you are experiencing are the most intense and painful that you have ever known.  This can be if you are grieving... Read More

About Death

*** Our Culture Makes Death Taboo In modern society, death is like sex in that it is generally not a topic that is okay to openly discuss.  (I think society’s attitude toward death is one reason why veterans feel isolated.)  If you want to discuss what it “means” to you “to die,” people might quickly judge that you are “morbid” or “overly focused on death unnecessarily.”  THAT is the first... Read More