Yoga –

woman-1045402_1920Yoga  is a powerful way to release trauma held in the body. Research from Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk has shown that participation in yoga on a regular basis can actually be just as helpful as other trauma or PTSD treatments.  I recommend yoga as part of a daily diet in combination with EMDR therapy.

Sadly, yoga has become a trend, which means that if you want to enjoy yoga, you might feel pressured to join a club. This is not yoga. Look for a yoga class where the instructor isn’t worried about the their image. Look for low profile classes in your community center or gym. The more bling bling,  loud, or in your face the yoga center, the more likely the focus is on business rather than healing.

To obtain the benefits, you do not need to spend a lot of money. I was doing yoga in the seventies with my mother in our living room. It didn’t cost either of us a dime, other than the cost of the video.

To obtain the benefits of yoga, you do not need a trauma yoga instructor who will charge you more money. In my opinion, this is ridiculous. While a yoga instructor who understands the principles of trauma healing might be helpful, it isn’t necessary that your yoga instructor be trauma trained. The benefits of healing that comes from yoga happen whether or not your yoga instructor got their Phd in trauma treatment.

Hot yoga can be dangerous for some people. Do you have high blood pressure? Asthma, or diabetes? Hot yoga is a fad of this decade. You do not need to participate in hot yoga to obtain the healing benefits of yoga.  One can easily enjoy the benefits of  yoga in their own home with a video and a mat in their living room. If you want to begin healing now begin yoga today.


Crystal Arber CC 2017



Regulation and Romantic Relationships.






Crystal Arber:

Interesting how so many dating advice sites and popular dating books  ask that women stop being needy, or never act needy, or remain aloof,  but what a lot of these self-help articles for dating and relationship  miss, is how  important it is to turn toward our partner, be honest about our feelings, and then regulate our own anxiety. Pretend to be cool, or make him think it doesn’t bother you, and be distant, is turning away from your partner.Rather than, “pretend you are aloof and don’t care,” I would say, tell your guy what is going on for you and then make it clear that you don’t need him to change just because you are having some feelings that aren’t so pretty. Your guy might think you are a total geek,  or he might find your openness and directness completely refreshing. Chances are good that he is not used to frankness because…

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Sleep problems -PTSD


Crystal Arber:

Sleep Problems – PTSD

How do I get to sleep? If your PTSD is severe and has been ongoing for years, likely you have changed your sleep wake phase cycle. This means that you have created a brain pathway that can look like waking up every hour, or two, or sleeping in the day and not at night. Luckily we can change this through understanding sleep hygiene.

Sleep Hygiene means going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time no matter what. You will need to be very diligent about this for several weeks. Eventually if you stick to this plan, you will be too tired to stay awake and over time you  will change your sleep wake phase cycle.

If you are struggling with intrusive thoughts are flashbacks, then you will need to orientate yourself to the present.

Tricks that help  orientate  your brain…

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Dissociation & Naltrexone

Crystal Arber:

Naltrexone and Dissociation.

What is Naltrexone and how can it help me?  For some who may be struggling with complex PTSD symptoms and  acute dissociative symptoms ( DDNOS DID),  naltrexone prescribed in  low doses can be beneficial for processing traumatic events.  Research has been able to show good results with low dose Naltrexone taken daily or one hour before  reprocessing traumatic memories.

Bilateral stimulation used in EMDR  permits a person to process traumatic events,directing  the brain  to quite miraculously  organize the parts of the traumatic event, reprocess these parts, and ultimately resolve the event so that the brain and nervous system no longer become activated when cued in the present, (a trigger in the present that reminds a person of a past traumatic event).

Since every individual is different and all medications have side effects, it is important to work with a psychiatrist who specializes in treating PTSD. Naltrexone will not be the…

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