What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders, also called dual diagnosis or comorbidity, refer to the simultaneous presence of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder within the same individual.

What are the Signs of a Dysregulated Nervous System?

Our nervous systems play a vital role in our health and well-being.

This fascinating, complex system, which comprises our brain, spinal cord, and nerves, can help us respond appropriately to our environment and allow our bodies to function effectively, all factors that lead to optimal health.

A regulated nervous system is a happy system! It allows us to get on with our lives without facing some of the challenges and difficulties that those with a dysregulated or imbalanced nervous system often have to deal with.

For instance, individuals with a dysregulated nervous system may experience more physical and emotional health issues than those with healthy nervous systems

The Five Benefits of a One-On-One Bespoke Treatment Program

Unlike group treatment programs, where other people experiencing similar issues as you are present, only you and your therapist will be involved in one-on-one treatment sessions which are geared towards issues and goals specific to you.

What it Means to be Trauma-Informed

Fortunately, the mental health educational landscape has evolved to include trauma-informed awareness and best practices over recent decades.

Healthcare professionals, leaders, mental health practitioners, and those working in various other professions aspire to be more trauma-informed in their work, which is profoundly reassuring.

Understanding and cultivating trauma-informed principles and values helps healthcare professionals (and those working in other industries) to better serve the needs of those under their care.

How the EMDR protocol works with relapse prevention

EMDR is an effective, some might even say, pioneering treatment for addiction and substance use disorder primarily because it targets the underlying causes of these conditions, such as trauma, childhood development and PTSD.As the research landscape on substance misuse evolves, so does our understanding of the pivotal role that trauma very often plays in alcohol and drug addiction.

The Connection Between Addiction and Trauma

Countless research studies confirm the profound link between addiction and trauma.

Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to read an article or research paper that doesn’t corroborate these findings.

Childhood trauma, specifically, can increase an individual’s risk of addiction in adulthood; but why is this, and, more importantly, how can you recognize the signs within yourself or someone you care about?

Trauma Causes and Care

There are many causes of trauma and in this Blog we will look at some of the most common, as well how utilizing an intensive Schema and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approach can bring about incredible results.

CREA 2023 Awards

The esteemed CREA Award is proudly presented to Dr. Julia A. Andre by the Brainz Magazine Selection Committee, acknowledging her remarkable contributions to the field of trauma therapy and mental health…

Art Therapy in Recovery

Around the clock peace of mind seems like an impossible task. The Idealism of lofty gurus and monks is that they have devoted their lives to meditation and spiritual matters, shuttered in monasteries and temples high on distant mountain tops. Lots of ways exist to bring a sense of ease and comfort in our lives. We don’t all have to put on robes and sit for hours on end. A powerful tool that can be adopted and applied by everyone is simple: Gratitude.