Author Archives: Dr. Aimie Apigian


Healing Trauma Through Relationships: The Necessity of Attunement

Trauma can be healed, and attunement is one of the foundational qualities necessary within a relationship, which will make it a therapeutic relationship. Attunement is a requirement for healing anyone with a history of attachment trauma, and thus a key skill for any therapeutic parent or provider. All trauma results in a disruption of relationships…

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Early Childhood Attachment Trauma and Recovery is Biological

Events that are overwhelming to a person’s ability to cope become traumatic events and can leave lasting changes in one’s biology. This is especially true in the case of early childhood and attachment trauma, because its recovery can be more biological than psychological.   The effects of trauma are mostly thought of as being psychological,…

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Trauma and Relationships: How to Heal Attachment Trauma Through a Relationship

Attachment trauma is the ultimate disruption of a relationship with another and, ironically, it can only be resolved and healed through a relationship. Because of trauma’s impact on our view of ourselves in relation to others, trauma has a profound negative impact on relationships.   All trauma results in a feeling of being isolated from…

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Trauma Recovery: Hot Topics in Mental Health

The field of mental health has been growing at an exceptional rate in the last several years! The knowledge and tools that are available today are very different than even 5 years ago!   Use this to your advantage to take control of you or your child’s mental health in recovering from attachment trauma!  …

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Healing From Trauma: Working With the Inner Critic

For those who have experienced trauma, especially early childhood attachment trauma, self-criticism and even self-hatred is a common characteristic. Healing from trauma requires addressing this inner critic, because otherwise, toxic shame and judgement will continue to cycle. While a part of a person’s past trauma may have been caused by others making that individual feel…

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Healing From Trauma: Fighting the Urge to Run and Hide

One of the lasting effects of trauma on the body is the strong desire to self-protect. In this blog, we are going to discuss the chronic effects of trauma, as well as the constant urge to run and hide from life and relationships in order to survive.   The earlier and the longer in life…

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Conscious Parenting and Early Childhood Trauma

Does a child need to have perfect parents and a perfect childhood in order for them to develop a secure attachment style, as well as a core sense of self-worth? Absolutely not! What a child needs so that they can gain a healthy attachment is for their parent to be a conscious parent. Similarly, conscious…

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Healing From Trauma: Addressing Sleep Issues After Trauma or Chronic Stress

Sleep is one of the systems most frequently affected by trauma and chronic stress, however, it is also one of the most important things needed when helping the body recover! If a person with trauma or chronic stress doesn’t intentionally allow the trauma or stress to process and their body to fully recover, the effects…

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Healing the Addiction of Excitement in Attachment Disorder

A need for stress and excitement is a key feature of growing up in a family where there was a lack of healthy emotional connection. Whether an alcoholic home, a disrupted family home, or good but busy/stressed parents, a lack of adequate emotional attunement results in an insecure attachment style and a predisposition to seek…

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Containing Trauma in Children and Adults with Attachment Disorder

Trauma and Attachment Disorders result in a large amount of powerful and confusing feelings that create emotional and behavioral instability. Being able to contain these overwhelming feelings is one of the most powerful tools a parent or professional can have when working with children who have trauma and attachment issues. Containment is the act of…

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