Archive for May 30, 2012

A Psychiatrist’s Double Bind

Dr. Gili Adler Nevo describes her life as a psychiatrist treating a depressed patient in the Essay Section of May 22’s Globe and Mail.

Dr. Nevo explains that there’s the one-hour interview in which she gets to the core of the patient’s life problem and decides on the right medication. She’s trained to do this efficiently in order to treat as many patients as possible. This will be followed by 20 minute weekly sessions, then bi-weekly meetings with gradually decreasing frequency. Read more

Fire up Your Bundas with Yoga

Now that I’ve retired from my private psychotherapy  practice I’m free to immerse myself in yoga once more. You may recall that in my 30s and 40s I was a yoga teacher whose life was shaped by yoga. Yoga helped me maintain some degree of calm and stability in spite of my childhood trauma. Now in my 70s I’m indulging my passion for yoga once again.

And what do I find? Lots of changes. Recently I returned from a weekend workshop in Pennsylvania at the Himalayan Institute. Our power and life-seeking energy get trapped in the lower body, they told me. We also hold our sadness and our fears there. Yoga teacher Shari Friedrichsen taught us how to release that holding by tightening and releasing the abdominal muscles as well as the sphincters in the perineum, urethra and anus. Read more

Anger: The Body’s Warning Sign

Many survivors of child abuse tell me they don’t experience the emotion of anger. Biologically, anger is our warning sign that something is wrong for us. We know we’re angry because we feel it in our bodies. What happens, then, to prevent many victims of abuse from experiencing this warning sign?

In Confessions of a Trauma Therapist, I describe the first time I experienced anger. I’d left my parents’ home and was living in my university residence. To my surprise, I found myself raging at the dry cleaner that may have ruined my blouse. This was an entirely new experience (Confessions of a Trauma Therapist, page 35.) Read more