Eva LaFollette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who joined OptimalLife Wellness in 2015. Eva takes a holistic approach to mental wellness. She uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as her skills as a yoga instructor to incorporate mindfulness, breathing, and stretching into her therapy sessions. Eva helps her clients to understand suffering, to learn new skills, and to make changes in life without roadblocks, like shame and guilt.
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Depression, anxiety and grief are difficult to weather alone, or without the right tools. This video will shed light on 3 therapy techniques for depression, anxiety, or grief.
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+ Beth’s mental health journey + what brought her to working with teens, teaching yoga, and practicing EMDR
+ How lacking emotion education is for teens and the negative impact this has on mental health
+ The importance of approaching healing from a holistic perspective—mentally, physically, and spiritually
+ What happens when you truly quiet your mind and practice mindfulness—and the impact this has on emotion processing
+ Ways you can incorporate mindfulness + meditation into your daily routine
+ A guided meditation practice to center yourself, decrease stress, and let go of tension you’re holding
+ so much more!
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Understanding C-PTSD and how it effects our parenting
Some of the points that I highlighted during the talk
🧠🤕❤️🩹C-PTSD occurs as a result of long-term exposure to traumatic stress rather than in response to a single incident. It typically arises as a result of ongoing stress or repeat or repeated traumatic events that occur during childhood and is sometimes referred to as developmental trauma disorder (DTD)
🧠🤕❤️🩹 Take comfort in this : C-PTSD is the result of learned ineffective beliefs and behaviors that can be replaced by a positive mind-set and health-promoting behaviors.
🧠🤕❤️🩹 8 contributing factors to the development of C-PTSD
1: Intensity, duration and timing:
Children are most susceptible to the impact of continuous stressors during critical growth period, such as the first three years of life when the nervous system is extremely fragile and during adolescence when they are forming their identity.
4: In -utero influence
5: Family dynamics
7: Presence of a learning disability or ADHD
8: Lack of resilience factors
🧠🤕❤️🩹How C-PTSD affects mind and body
💥1: Cognitive distortions: These include inaccurate beliefs about oneself, others
and the world.
💥2: Emotional distress: Frequent feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness, despair, deep loneliness, shame, unfairness, injustice,and depression and suicidal thoughts are often triggered by social loss, abandonment, and disconnection.
💥3: Disturbing somatic sensations: Historical threats are maintained as uncom-
fortable body sensations or somatization, in which psychological distress
presents in the form of physical symptoms.
💥4: Disorientation: Inaccurate beliefs, emotions, and body sensations contribute
to a loss of distinction between the past and the present.
💥5: Hypervigilance: High sensitivity to tracking nuances and subtleties in body
language and facial expressions within other people is developed as an attempt to keep oneself safe.
💥6: Avoidance: Avoidance involves learned patterns of shutting out or pushing away
uncomfortable sensations, memories, or emotions. This is often maintained by
defenses such as denial, repression, dissociation, or addictive behaviors.
💥Interpersonal problems: Ineffective interpersonal relationship dynamics include withdrawing from, blaming, pushing away, or criticizing friends and
loved ones unnecessarily. Patterns learned within dysfunctional family systems
tend to get repeated in adulthood until new and effective interpersonal strategies are developed.
💥Brain development: Abuse and neglect produce measurable changes in brain structures that are associated with deficits in social skills and aca-
💥Health problems: Unresolved C-PTSD is a significant cause of physical health
concerns in adulthood.
⚕️Types of therapies that can help
✨ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
✨Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
✨EMDR ( Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing )