The Biological Stance of Trauma

  Have you ever wondered, ‘what would I do if I were to ever be in a terrifying situation? Would I fight the threat, flee, or shut down?’ If you’ve ever gathered around your friends to theorize about this, or even watched the show “What Would YOU Do?”, it’s easy to say, “Well I would do XYZ and definitely not … Read More

Autism & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?: ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent issues in social interactions/communications [verbally or non verbally] across multiple scenarios, including difficulty in ability to share emotions, understanding relationships, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, and hyper-reactivity or hypo-reactivity to external sensory stimuli. Symptoms are typically present during the first few years of life. What is … Read More

Eating Disorders, Exercise Addiction, & a Pandemic.

  Commonly Known Types of ED & Their (Brief) Diagnostic Criteria: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED).  Anorexia Nervosa (AN): is characterized by an individual’s refusal to maintain healthy body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and significantly distorted perception of one’s body image. There are 2 types: 1 is the restricting type- meaning there is … Read More

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

By Megan Pajak, LPC You know when a song just will not get out of your head until you listen to it for what feels like a gazillion times? It is intrusive and unwanted! Research has shown that when individuals try to suppress something such as an intrusive thought, or in this case a song, it comes back with more intensity next time and repeat. Now can … Read More