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Finding Ways Out of Trauma

Laura K Kerr, PhD

Transformative Approaches To Crises, Self-Doubt & Extreme States

Transformative Approaches To Crises, Self-Doubt & Extreme States

Crises and self-doubt plague all of us at different times in our lives. A natural response is to want to escape the turmoil and angst, and return to solid ground as quick as possible. Yet when we can remain open to suffering, and not shut down or numb out, troubled times can become opportunities for deep transformation. Murray Stein describes…Continue Reading

Individuation And The Spiritual Aspects Of Healing Trauma

Individuation And The Spiritual Aspects Of Healing Trauma

I am reading Murray Stein’s wonderful book, Minding the Self: Jungian Meditations on Contemporary Spirituality, after spending the weekend assisting a sensorimotor psychotherapy training. On first glance, spirituality and neurobiologically-informed psychotherapy might seem to have little in common. However, one of the topics in the sensorimotor psychotherapy training was the model of structural dissociation —…Continue Reading

The Revolution Found Within

The Revolution Found Within

“We each are endowed with original mind, which is like a river under the visible river, unconditioned, the immediate point where our clear consciousness meets the vast unknown; yet we’ve blown smoke screens to cloud it. Fake images, false illusions. When Allen Ginsberg sat down one night in his twenties to write what was really…Continue Reading

A Bit Of Kindling For Hestia’s Fire

A Bit Of Kindling For Hestia’s Fire

I am in the process of moving my office to another room in my home. I’ve been going through folders and boxes of paper, some of it I can’t remember why I saved. But I am also finding a few gems, like the notes below that I took at the 5th San Francisco Mayor’s Summit for Women,…Continue Reading

Do we really need the “unconscious” anymore?

Do we really need the “unconscious” anymore?

The idea of the unconscious — that part of mental life filled with unintentional motivations — is often associated with Sigmund Freud, who famously identified dreams and their symbolic imagery as the “royal road” to this untamed aspect of the psyche. C. G. Jung, Pierre Janet, Jean-Martin Charcot, and other theorists of the nineteenth and…Continue Reading

“Toys of War”

“Toys of War”

In this touching and brief documentary by Andrew Berends, children in South Sudan use clay, pieces of fabric, and flowers to narrate the raid on their village that led to murder of family members and their current state of homelessness. Art is known to help heal the psychological rupture that trauma causes. For these Sudanese children, their creative ‘play’ gives expression…Continue Reading

“We Gotta Pray” by Alicia Keys

“We Gotta Pray” by Alicia Keys

According to a New York Times article, “Ms. Keys said she wrote the song in the past few months, moved by the deaths on Staten Island and in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer. ‘We absolutely feel disregarded as human beings,’ said Ms.…Continue Reading

Longing

Longing

The hollow growl in my stomach when I fill the day gorging on my ‘to do’ list. Idling on the runway, waiting for Gate 64C to pocket our arrival. The way his belly peeked below his shirt when he stretched his arms. Imagining my finger tracing the wrinkles in his worried brow. Realizing the phone…Continue Reading

Is it possible to recover from rape and sexual abuse? Yes and No

Is it possible to recover from rape and sexual abuse? Yes and No

When she was twenty-two years old, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman was viciously raped at knifepoint. She narrowly escaped being murdered and her body disposed, perhaps never to be found. In her memoir, One Hour in Paris, Freedman recounted her efforts to heal from this horrifying ordeal. Nearly 25 years have passed since she was raped,…Continue Reading