In the months following treatment for PTSD, I had a series of trigger failures. I hadn’t yet figured out how to stop my triggers from sending me into a downward spiral. I was exhausted trying to figure it all out. It was at this point that I knew I had to make a choice: confront […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You know the feeling. Its that stone cold fear you have in your gut when you realize that family commitments and obligations have your back to the wall. The important people in your life rightfully expect you to be fully present when family and friends gather for the upcoming holidays. Thing is, you’re unprepared for the ‘heart […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Psychologist Dr. Thomas Brunner talks about how to prepare children for trauma and build resiliency into their character. He believes five elements are crucial. In a previous blog post we talked about touch on the first two qualities: building self-esteem and insight and building a sense of hope. Dr. Brunner also emphasizes the importance of developing three […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
If the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has reminded us of anything, it’s that trauma and tragedy are part of our world. Try as we might, we cannot always protect ourselves or those we love. My best friend and colleague Wanda grew up in challenging circumstances. Her parents were sent to prison when she was […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
“Kids have an amazingly accurate radar for being aware of what’s going on around them, even when the adults in their lives are pretending like nothing is happening. And so my experience is that you really are best served by being age-appropriately candid with children, especially when it comes to dealing with their fears. These […]Continue Reading... No Comments.