Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault in the Military

Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault in the Military

Elizabeth Handy

As we know, there is sexual assault in the military. And it isn’t just women who are assaulted, it’s men too. So, what can we do about it? What we do about sexual assault is process it as trauma. Sexual assault is a traumatic event that has to be processed and brought out into the open. And more and more …

The National Epidemic of Depression

Elizabeth Handy

Several brilliant articles have recently brought some true light to what the national epidemic of depression really means, two of which I’d like to discuss. In Dr. Kevin Passero, N.D’s article Depression-A National Epidemic? and Overcoming Depression Without Meds by Rich Simon at Psychotherapy Networker, we learn about the over-diagnosis of depression in the U.S., and are reminded of the inefficacy of anti-depressants—despite …

Response: The New York Times “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.”

Response: NYT “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article entitled “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.” in Sunday’s paper that is incredibly compelling and spot-on in terms of what the A.D.H.D./A.D.D. epidemic in this country is really about. The problem isn’t A.D.D.: The problem is boredom, stagnation, lack of any creative or physical outlet. In schools, they’ve cut art, they’ve truncated recess and …

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article from Saïd Sayrafiezadadeh’s “Couch” series on Sunday titled “My Mother’s Psychotherapy—and Mine.” Sayrafiezadadeh said of his mother, “Her relationship with her treatment nearly killed her. How would I fare?” The author recalls that when he expressed feelings of hopelessness regarding the alleviation of the unhappy memories, the therapist’s solution was to “keep coming …

Elizabeth’s letter to the Washington Post

Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth’s response to the Washington Post’s article “At VA, exploring alternative therapies for chronic pain and other ailments” from October 16, front page, was published—take a look below! I laud the Department of Veterans Affairs for taking steps to make alternative therapies available and affordable for those suffering from physical and psychological traumas. As a health-care professional who uses eye …

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

Elizabeth Handy

Exercise is a wonderful complement to therapy and life in general. Exercise releases endorphins, tones our bodies, releases tension and stress and boosts our immune systems. Research proves that exercise increases professional focus and productivity and reduces “sick days.” The Washington Post published an article last week that describes a recent study in mice that has shown “that exercise helped rid the …

Depression is Not A Disease: It’s A Wake-Up Call

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James Gordon M.D. on the 7 Stages of Healing Depression without Antidepressants says: “A customized combination of complementary approaches like acupuncture, meditation and relaxation practices, sound nutrition, creative imagery, movement, and physical exercise are effective [for treating depression]. And the key factor…is a constant—the client must take an active role in the process.” Indeed, treating depression is a collaborative process …

The Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs

The Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs

Elizabeth Handy

With almost all of my clients,  of the first steps I recommend is that they work with their prescribing physician to wean completely off of psychotropic drugs. Although this is at first daunting and sometimes terrifying to imagine, there are several reasons that this approach is critical to my clients’ success: If you are taking mood-altering drugs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexipro, …

What are Emotional Personas?

What are Emotional Personas?

Elizabeth Handy

I use the concept of Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, when I explain Emotional Personas (EP). Every one of us is made up of multiple EPs—the smaller, internal dolls, which collectively make up our whole adult self—the big doll. Each EP represents an age or a moment along the timeline of our lives. In a healthy individual with no trauma, the EPs are integrated and …