The Polyvagal Ladder

Excellent article discussing psychophysiology from the polyvagal theory, which helps to explain how trauma and chronic pain are so commonly associated, as well as how curative it can be to learn to train the mind towards safety and connection - article

Soft Belly

In this beautiful piece of writing, Stephen Levine reminds us of the importance of keeping a soft belly while doing any type of trauma or grief work. Our physiology is so intimately tied to our psychology, and if you can learn to soften one, you can soften the other....

Depression and Neuroplasticity

Depression and Neuroplasticity

In this fascinating blog, Scott Alexander goes into many of the emerging theories surrounding depression. While many of us assume depression is caused by low serotonin levels and therefore can be improved by medications such as SSRIs, medications that decrease...

Chronic Pain Psychology

Many people wonder why a psychologist might be involved in the treatment of chronic pain. Unfortunately, the longer one has pain, it becomes less likely that the pain is due to tissue damage, and more likely it is that the pain is due to overactive nervous system...

Pain is Weird

Excellent article on on pain physiology, and the effect the brain and beliefs have on pain intensity