• 8 Steps to Overcoming Fear of Flying

    If you have a fear of flying you are not along. Almost one of every three adult Americans are afraid to fly (including airline personnel). Here are some easy steps to begin to fly more comfortably that come from our experience as psychologists working with this form of anxiety. 8 STEPS TO OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF FLYING […]

    Trauma and Our Society

    Trauma and our society  As Bob Dylan once noted some years ago in his popular song, “The Times Are A-Changin’,” and it appears that in the twenty-first century, they are a-changin’ rapidly and drastically in relation to many core beliefs about mental health and illness. In fact, society seems to be moving from what has […]

    The Heart as Soul

    Call someone intelligent and we typically refer to one’s intellectual ability or ‘brain’ power and not the heart. But research shows that the heart is in fact intelligent, too. The brain in the head is dutifully obeying messages that are being sent from another brain, the one in the heart.  The heart isn’t just a throbbing […]

    Complex/Relational Trauma Syndrome

    COMPLEX/RELATIONAL TRAUMA IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS; TYPICAL MANIFESTATIONS  Areas of Functioning Affected by Prolonged Periods of Traumatic Experience  Complex or Relational Trauma can arise from prolonged periods of aversive stress usually involving entrapment (psychological or physical), repeated violations of boundaries, betrayal, rejection and confusion marked by a lack of control and helplessness.  Common situations include […]

    How to Get Started with Meditation

    Meditation is not a mystery or exotic eastern practice.  All of us fail to realize that we actually live in a meditative way.  It’s just that our meditations are dominated by automatic thoughts and reactions.  Conscious meditation is a process of clearing the mind so we can come into contact with our senses and our […]

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    An information processing therapy that uses bi-lateral stimulation of the brain to process traumatic reactions and that has proven effective in treating trauma-based conditions. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro and it has been refined over the years into a comprehensive therapy for trauma (although the procedures can […]

    The Use of EMDR for Treatment of Fears of Flying

    An Example of The Use of EMDR for Treatment of Fears of Flying  Ronald M. Doctor, Ph.D. Director, Freedom to Fly, Los Angeles      Thank you for the opportunity to present information about EMDR at this Third World Conference on Fear of Flying (WCFF/3).  In this brief review, I cannot cover all questions and issues […]

    Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors

    This study was peer evaluated and published in the journal Traumatology, Vol 14(3), September 2008. Contributions to this research among the authors were equal.   Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors Catherine Parker and Ronald M. Doctor (California State University, Northridge) and Raja Selvam (Pacific Graduate Institute) This is an uncontrolled field study of the […]

    Criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following have been present:  1. The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actualor threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others 2. The person’s response involved […]

    Quiet Practice | Psychotherapy

    This is a process to practice bringing quiet to the physical, emotional and mental bodies so that, in time, the deeper senses and impressions can be heard more clearly. This is a form of meditation but more structured.  Begin by sitting upright on a comfortable chair with feet flat on the ground- in a place […]

    The Phenomenon of Flight

    Moving things (of any kind) have a structure that allows them to function in a certain manner.  For example, automobiles have tires, steering mechanisms, brakes and a power source.  This structure allows automobiles to travel, turn, and to start and stop.  Likewise, airplanes have four essential elements that allow them to function…that is, to take […]