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Judith Acosta, LISW, CHT is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical homeopath in private practice in Placitas and Albuquerque. Her areas of specialization include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. She has appeared on both television and radio and is a regular lecturer throughout the U.S. She is the author of The Next Osama and co-author of the books, Verbal First Aid and The Worst Is Over, which has been dubbed the "bible of crisis communication."
SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 Clingy Children: Signals for Verbal First Aid (2543 views)
Our ability to deal with fear as children is the foundation for the way we deal with fear as adults--both for ourselves and with our kids. Most of us were not raised with these ideas and some of them may feel awkward or even seem unnecessary, especially if we ourselves were dismissed when we were afraid or hurt.
SHARE Saturday, March 12, 2011 Brains, Babies, and Verbal First Aid (1157 views)
When we have rapport and learn the basics of Verbal First Aid, we can take our children from crisis to calm, from pain to comfort. Our relationship with them and the words we use can lead them to a healing response not only in the moment but in the fullness of their entire lives.
SHARE Friday, October 1, 2010 Beyond Biofeedback: How Words Can Help Children Heal (1833 views)
Children learn who they are in the world via an organic form of biofeedback. Everything we say and do communicates and that communication is received by them not only cognitively but, perhaps more importantly, physiologically and genetically.
SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2010 The Right to Expect? (949 views)
It is, or so we believed, our natural birthright. Birds did it. Bees did it. We did it. Just like that. In fact, most of the women visiting fertility specialists right now were afraid of getting pregnant and, for years, juggled IUD's, diaphragms, condoms, and pills to protect themselves from what they felt would be inevitable if they didn't cover themselves with creams and impermeable membranes.
SHARE Friday, November 13, 2009 PRIMUN NON NOCERE: First Do No Harm (1588 views)
Primun non nocere. This is still the sacred promise of every medical school graduate across the country as he or she accepts the diploma, the title and the rank of healer in our culture. It is the core of the Hippocratic Oath. However, in a world of unreasonable speed, in which new discoveries and new pharmaceuticals are being produced in measures of seconds, not years, it may be more than doctors can promise us anymore.
SHARE Monday, October 19, 2009 Words Are Medicine: Raising a Self-Healing Child (1612 views)
When you use Verbal First Aid with your children, they are learning by your example to use it for themselves. The healing you facilitate in them by the words you use when they are hurt becomes a self-replenishing well of mental, emotional and physical resources they can draw upon for a lifetime.
SHARE Saturday, October 3, 2009 Verbal First Aid(tm) for Survival. (1464 views)
What Verbal First Aid(tm) proposes is that words can mean the difference between life and death. Based on the simple notion that the words we say (to ourselves and to one another) do matter, that they affect us both physically and mentally, there are ways to speak that make those words healing, no matter what the situation.
SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2009 Holistic Psychotherapy and Trauma Treatment (1341 views)
What happens in trauma? Why do memories persist the way they do? What options do people have for successful recovery?
This article offers a brief overview.