Critical training to better protect, support, and heal vulnerable children
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EXERCISE TO RAISE ENERGY, IMPROVE MOOD, & RELIEVE STRESS

series: emotional wellbeing of children by Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Richard P. Brown, MD
& Somiari Demm, MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Caretakers of traumatized people -- adults or children -- also have to take care of themselves because we absorb tremendous stress working with those who have been traumatized.

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You have to wash out the negative effects of stress and trauma from even hearing about it from others who have been through it. Otherwise, you will be drained and burnt out and unable to function. You will function at a much better level than the average person doing these practices.

We're going to begin with tapping to open up the energy channels in our system that are closed off by stress. So just follow with me and with, with bill and Martha and the birds and we'll be in great shape.

So, Let's start tapping, and feel the vibrations in your body from the tapping. And as we do this, pretend you're five years old and you're smiling. Even just realizing how silly you might look as an adult doing this!

And now, the other side...Feel what's happening in your body with all of these things.

And up under your your collar bones...

And now back on your shoulders and your seventh cervical vertebra (top of your spine)

...And your shoulder.

And the upper side of the arm...All the energy channeled come together in the hands and the feet.

And up inside the arm and over to the other shoulder...

And down the upper side of the arm...

And up inside the arm...

And the belly...

Feel the vibrations through your organs...

And the hips...

and outside of the hips...

Outer side of the legs...

Outside ankles and feet, the top of the toes, inside the feet and ankles, lower legs, the upper legs...

And back to your sides...

And the other side, again...

And up to our chest and the channels that help the lungs...

And give yourself a round of applause...

And just relax if possible, closing your eyes. Let your spine extend toward the sun and the stars and your shoulders and hips relax and drop into the earth and feel the changes in your body, in your thoughts, in your brow.

After each cycle of activity, we then go inside to integrate what has happened, and to feel what is happening, so we can strengthen and build.


 
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Dr. Patricia Gerbarg

Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College. Dr. Gerbarg has lectured and taught about a wide range of topics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s issues, trauma, neurobiology, natural treatments (herbs, nutrients), and the integration...

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of mind-body practices in psychotherapy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meetings and many other conferences, academic centers, and community organizations.She serves on the APA Caucus on Complementary and Integrative Psychiatry and is a board member of the American Botanical Council.

Dr. Gerbarg practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters, including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, war in Sudan, Gulf Horizon Oil Spill, veterans, and stress-related medical illnesses.

 

Dr. Richard P. Brown

Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he obtained his medical degree 1977. The recipient of numerous awards, he has authored over 100 scientific articles,...

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books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.

Dr. Brown developed a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of breathing exercises on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Brown gives over 100 lectures and courses every year. Since 1998, he has taught full-day courses on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as well as Mind-Body trainings for the American Psychiatric Association, other national and international conferences, veterans, and community service programs.

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Somiari Demm, MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS

Somiari is a certified trauma specialist, a certified yoga teacher, and a certified breath body and mind teacher. Her areas of concentration include children and adolescents, trauma, mindfulness, and spirituality. She is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the...

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field of clinical psychology who has divided her time betweenclinical practice, training, workshops, and consulting. As a mental health practitioner, she uses mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) and other evidence-based practices to help adolescent and adult clients with a wide range of emotional, and behavioral issues.

Somiari has received extensive training in the treatment of addiction, mental illnesses, affect regulation, and trauma. In her consulting work, she has provided bullying, violence, and trauma training for elementary and residential schools. In addition to clinical practice, for 3 years she worked as a consultant counseling Chibok girls that escaped Boko Haram.Somiari has been interviewed by 60-Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BBC, and Aljareeza.

As a trauma thriver, her life experiences have fostered her love of, and dedication to the mental health field. Following the words of Gandhi, she believes that “purity of life is the highest and truest art.” Somiari also believes she is here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. Through her work, she is enriching the world through love, healing, and peace

 
 

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