Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress (abbreviated from the term for its clinical diagnosis, PTSD) describes the severe mental and emotional disturbance that can result from experiencing or even witnessing a traumatic event or series of events, such as sexual assault, warfare, physical or emotional violence, or other threats on one’s life and safety. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams; sudden onset of mental or physical distress to unrelated stimuli; mood swings; personality alterations; and an increase in the fight-or-flight response. While the symptoms of post-traumatic stress can be severe and debilitating, there have been many breakthroughs in a wide range of effective treatments.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.


Peter Levine on How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

This is a video excerpt featuring Peter Levine, Ph.D., from his video lecture entitled "How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness".


How Trauma Gets Stuck in the Body (And How to Work with It), with Peter Levine

In this video, Peter Levine will share how he helped uncover an incomplete traumatic response that was stuck in the body.


Somatic Experiencing Founder, Peter A. Levine, PhD, on Sexual Abuse Trauma


Peter Levine on Working with Memory to Reframe a Traumatic Experience


When a Client Is Stuck in the Freeze Response with Peter Levine, PhD

What triggers the freeze response? We tend to think of traumatic events, but according to Peter Levine, PhD, that’s not always the case. Even a perceived threat can be enough for a client to get stuck in a frozen state.


How Generational and Early Life Trauma Shape Our Lives

Along with distorting our fundamental view about the world, and the emergence of traumatic symptoms, unresolved trauma limits our capacity to be fully present; our potential and capacity for real love and intimacy are blocked, as is the ability to feel the intrinsic aliveness, vibrancy, and joy of o...


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


Trauma Healing