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How Yoga Promotes Both Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulation in Trauma Survivors

Discover how yoga can discharge memories stored in the nervous system of trauma survivors

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 reveals how yoga stimulates both top-down and bottom-up regulation, which can help trauma survivors reset their nervous systems back to baseline.

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5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

Are the children in your life noticing your increasing tension?

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

While we can’t eliminate the transmission of our own anxiety to the children in our lives, we can mitigate the impact in some significant ways. Here’s how.

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A Single Goal: How the Aim of Yoga and Mental Health Counselors are One and the Same

Discover how the ancient practice of yoga fits in perfectly with trauma treatment

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD provides a short summary of yoga philosophy and reveals why it’s a fantastic complementary therapy for trauma survivors.

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Letting Go Of Body Shame in a Weight-Focused World

Foster conversations to combat weight stigma

Judith Matz, LCSW

Each of us has an obligation to address our biases so that we no longer contribute, even inadvertently, to the fat shaming our clients may feel as the result of our own attitudes.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception & Yoga

Effective Trauma Treatment

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

It’s frustrating when your client gets stuck — overwhelmed by fear, shame, helplessness...Here’s one solution that’s extremely effective in moving therapy forward.

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19 Best Books of 2019

These top selling titles are highly purchased and praised by your colleagues and even some clients

PESI Team

2019 was a year of great growth in awareness and social acceptance towards mental health. These 19 titles are our most popular and highly praised resources with professionals and lay-people alike.

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Working with Traumatized Children

Watch this short video featuring Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Is it possible to help the minds and brains of brutalized children, redraw their inner map, and incorporate a sense of trust and confidence in the future? Watch this short video to find out…

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H.A.L.T. a mindful check in

Mind-body practices to help you and your clients regulate mind, body, emotions, and impulses.

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

Just like a shaken jar of glitter, our thoughts can make it hard to think and see clearly.

Watch Dr. Chris Willard practice the H.A.L.T. mindful check-in to relax the mind and body – and glitter... so we can stay attuned to our thoughts and behaviors.

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PESI Book Club: December 2019

How to grow your gratitude this holiday season.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four books to help your clients be aware of and thankful for the positive habits and practices they experience. Plus, there's a FREE worksheet...

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