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8 Self Help Tips from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy

I am frequently asked about how clients may use the benefits of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy in their everyday lives. These may be to provide comfort or healing in between therapy sessions or as part of a self help efforts.

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SEP? What is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner? Trauma Treatment

Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC. Therapist in Austin, Texas

This week I had the honor of receiving the new title of Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and can finally put 3 more letters behind my name, SEP. While other trauma informed psychotherapists know what this means, I realize that most of the general

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“It’s just the Toaster.” Your Brain’s False Alarms

Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC. Therapist in Austin, Texas

The brain takes care of so many important tasks, it stays quite busy whether we pay attention or not. Considering how busy it is and how fast it processes a constant stream of data, it is only natural that sometimes

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The Role of Trauma in Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder, & Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC. Therapist in Austin, Texas

The Role of Trauma in Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Here is what I see over and over again in my counseling practice. Someone comes in for their skin picking or hair pulling problem (trichotillomania). As we get to know each

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Do I need more than Weekly Counseling?

Weekly counseling/psychotherapy tends to be the default frequency for sessions. There are studies that back this up as efficient and effective. It also allows for a consistent weekly rhythm for sessions. For various reasons, some clients may benefit from more

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The Brain on Hard Conversations

Here is an excellent video that explains how the brain and nervous system get involved, and in the way, during interpersonal situations. Our brain’s perception of our safety is not always logical and reasonable. Everyday situations can wake up the

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What Estheticians Need to Know about Skin Picking and Hair Pulling

Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches.  (http://www.trich.org) Also referred to as

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Shame

Shame is the most toxic aspect of BFRBs such as hair pulling and skin picking. Healing shame and becoming more resilient to shame may not be as visible as new hair growth or healed skin, but it is an essential

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Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Without a neurobiology background, some counseling approaches may appear odd, silly, or “woo woo.” Below is a link to a video that explains some of the science behind what I do. I am also happy to educate my clients in session

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What is Trauma?

When I talk about trauma in therapy, I am referring to how the nervous system responds as opposed to a specific event that occurred. Trauma impacts people when they perceive they or a loved one is in danger. Danger may

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