Video 1-- Trauma Interventions

Physicians experience trauma in training and later through the practice of medicine. Many are left to deal with the after effects of this trauma all on their own. Afraid of punitive educational institutions, healthcare systems, medical boards and PHPs they often isolate. Untreated depression, anxiety and PTSD can be life threatening. Luckily there are interventions. that work!

Video 2-- Trauma and the Role of Hypervigilance

The pattern of hypervigilance begins in trauma. We want to avoid repeating painful patterns. We often blame ourselves for the trauma perpetrated upon us. If only we had been more careful/vigilant, we wouldn’t find ourselves in this compromised situation. We struggle to save our careers, our marriages, our friendships, and the vigilance increases. Sustaining this habituated state is impossible, yet we don’t know what else to do. NEW proactive actions will eliminate the need for hypervigilance, restoring your natural confidence.

Video 3-- Trauma’s Role in Depression

For those of us with trauma histories, depression is often an outgrowth of the long-term stress, trauma and PTSD we experience. Four types of depression are: atypical, anxious, melancholic and psychotic. 1/3 of our veterans plagued by PTSD also suffer with depression. The good news is that therapy is even more effective when PTSD and depression co-exist.

Video 4-- Trauma and Anxiety

Fear is a gift. It protects us by signaling when we are in danger. It is designed to be a short-lived, situation, however. When we remain in a persistent prolonged state of fear it no longer is protective. Long term fear fuels chronic anxiety, chronic health conditions and depletes us mentally and emotionally.

Video 5-- Trauma and Complex PTSD

Continuous exposure to trauma over time can lead to complex PTSD. It fuels hypervigilance, overwhelm, depression and keeps you constantly on edge. Long-term engagement with traumatic events in a medical center, verbal abuse from peers, bullying from administrators, technology challenges with EMRs, the pressure of production (RVUs), responsibilities at home…when you add this all together your risk of developing PTSD or complex PTSD is significant. You can mitigate this risk by taking action today.

Video 6-- Trauma and Daily Triggers

High levels of daily stress and vicarious trauma in the practice of medicine increases the risk of developing PTSD. The PTSD cycle begins when intrusive thoughts, flooding of emotion or flashback are triggered. This triggering can be physical, emotional, sensory or relational. Thankfully, we can interrupt and disrupt this cycle.

Video 7-- Trauma and Feeling Stuck

This video addresses the ways trauma disempowers us, erodes our self-confidence and distorts our beliefs. We lose faith in ourselves , blaming ourselves for the way we have adapted to our circumstances. PTSD results in a fight or flight or freeze response. When we become habituated in a “freeze” adaptive state we feel confused and stuck. “Stuck” is fueled by fear, avoidance, habituated destructive patterns and resistance. When we choose different fuel, our inertia resolves. Hope is restored as we begin to move forward applying new strategies.

Video 8-- Trauma’s Positive/Negative Effects

Trauma changes us. It brings with the experience positive and negative effects. We may develop hypervigilance, a heightened state of intuition, flooding and PTSD, dissociation, higher than average emotional intelligence, opportunities for integration. Join this rich conversation about managing, reframing and integrating “trauma effects.”

Video 9-- Trauma and Habituated Patterns

When we experience high levels of physical, emotional, mental and relational stress, we adapt. We are programmed to survive. The patterns we repeat become entrenched. We may be become habituated in maintaining an adaptive rather than natural lifestyle. Has this happened to you? Time to change the patterns and remember who you truly are!

Video 10-- Trauma is it REAL?

Medical training and workplaces minimize our traumas and gaslight us. We are told we are the problem. We aren’t resilient or resourceful enough. If only we tried harder. Everyone else is doing just fine. Is this true? Is our trauma experience real or are we the problem? Answering these questions honestly can be life-saving. Learn to embrace the truth while healing your life.

Video 11-- Trauma and Functioning vs Thriving

Trauma propels us into “survival mode.” We lower our standards, our expectations. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” we tell ourselves. We are lucky to have that job, that mortgage, the responsibilities. Isn’t everyone barely coping? Isn’t that just the way life is? The answer to that question is “NO!” Create a life focused on thriving. You can change your life.

Video 12-- Trauma Bonds

Trauma bonds are attachments formed in the midst of trauma. These intense, destructive bonds trap us in relationships that aren’t always good for us. These attachments are powerful and can keep us enmeshed in the trauma experience. Learn the difference between a healthy relationship and a trauma bond. Trauma bonds can be broken.

Video 13-- Trauma and Boundaries Part 1

This video focuses on our need for boundaries. Our trauma histories create a more urgent need for healthy boundaries. Because we are also struggling with anxiety, PTSD triggers and depression, we need a buffer of protection. GOOD boundaries provide this buffer. How? It starts with how we communicate. Explore the five communication styles of assertiveness, aggressiveness, passive/aggressiveness, submissiveness and manipulation. When we communicate effectively and confidently, we can begin the process of setting healthy boundaries, boundaries that keep us all safe.

Video 14-- Trauma and Boundaries Part 2

This video focuses on how to manage the manipulator in your life…the controlling boss, entitled patient, needy partner, demanding co-worker. Manipulators are masters of intermittent reinforcement, a crazy making adaptive strategy that keeps them in the driver seat. Learn how to masterfully the redirect and manage the manipulators in your life.

Video 15-- Trauma and Boundaries Part 3

Learn how to shift co-dependent relationships and create interdependence. Do you suffer from being overly polite, generous, appreciative? People who are “too nice” can be perceived as weak. Avoid this pitfall. If you are enmeshed in co-dependent, toxic relationships this video is for you.

Video 16-- Trauma and the Role of Transformation (EXTRA BONUS VIDEO)

Transformation is possible. We need not suffer forever. Learn which small consistent actions will transform your trauma experience. Trauma is an embodied experience that effects our thoughts, our health, our beliefs. Adopt proven strategies that will transform your life.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Trauma Interventions

    • Trauma Interventions


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 2

    Trauma and the Role of Hypervigilence

    • Trauma and the Role of Hypervigilance

    • Hypervigilance Interventions

    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 3

    Trauma's Role in Depression

    • Trauma's Role in Depression

    • Depression Interventions

    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 4

    Trauma and Anxiety

    • Trauma and Anxiety


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 5

    Trauma and Complex PTSD

    • Trauma and Complex PTSD


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 6

    Trauma and Daily Triggers

    • Trauma and Daily Triggers


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 7

    Trauma and Feeling Stuck

    • Trauma and Feeling Stuck


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 8

    Trauma's Positive and Negative Effect

    • Trauma's Positive and Negative Effects


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 9

    Trauma and Habituated Patterns

    • Trauma and Habituated Patterns


    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 10

    Trauma and the Role of Denial

    • Trauma...Is it real?

    • Optional Reflective Exercise

  • 11

    Trauma and Functioning vs Thriving

    • Trauma and Functioning vs Thriving

    • Obstacle Obliteration-THRIVE INSTEAD

    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 12

    Trauma Bonds

    • Trauma Bonds

    • Trauma Bond Interventions

    • Optional Reflection Exercise

  • 13

    Trauma and Boundaries

    • Trauma and Boundaries Video 1

    • Codependence Spectrum

    • Trauma and Boundaries Video 2

    • Codependent Leader

    • Trauma and Boundaries Video 3

    • 10 Healer Archetypes

  • 14

    Trauma and Transformation

    • Trauma and the Role of Transformation

About the instructor


Sydney Ashland

Sydney Ashland is a Medical Practice Consultant and Professional Coach with 20+ years experience using her unique, Rapid Pattern Integration Technique and proven business strategies to effect permanent change in physicians’ lives.