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How Trauma Affects Relationships Part II: How We Interact

I am realizing it’s impossible for me to write a SHORT blog. I’m sorry! There’s too much to say. It only looks long because I broke down the interactions. I almost made each attachment style a different blog but I had so many people asking me when this would be out I was afraid you’d

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I’m Seeing Red: Why Not Every Therapist is a Trauma Therapist

Welp, I’m back! I got avoidant for a minute. Life got busy and I didn’t practice what I preach. I stared at the computer screen, I paced, I yowled “I don’t wanna” and I avoided. See. I get it. But now, I’m back. Those of you who know me know my writing works because I

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Session Number Four

Hello again everyone! Summer is over- and that means more people coming into the clinic. Today’s topic will be familiar to those of you doing the work and for those who haven’t done the work yet, don’t let this scare you! When people come into my office I know that they are in pain. They

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What Therapists are Saying About 13 Reasons Why

  I’m feeling inspired. Consider this a bonus blog. Usually, I keep it to my “expertise” and I suppose in a way I still am, but I have something that I feel needs to be put out there. And so, without further ado, I shall step onto my soapbox. I’ve been watching 13 reasons why.

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Lizard Brain and the Importance of Mindfulness

    Hello again everyone! I’ve had an interesting experience this week that made me think of all of you…. What you don’t know is that your therapist is ALWAYS thinking of ways to make things better, to relate to you, or making associations like “oh! This could help my clients!” I digress, but I

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Therapists Get Triggered Too… or “Triggering 101”

Hello everyone! My apologies for the hiatus. I’ve had some life changes and something had to give, but I’m back and blog posts will be consistent again! I wasn’t sure what to write and I never write when I’m like that because if I’m not interested in what I’m writing then you definitely won’t be.

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Why PTSD is not just a mental issue…

 Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and why it isn’t “all in your head.” There is SO MUCH STIGMA when it comes to my favorite population- soldiers and first responders- regarding getting help for this issue. It’s seen as emotional weakness. Most people have no idea that it’s a

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Rest Stop- A New Perspective on Addiction

Rest Stop-a new perspective on addiction Hi everyone and welcome back! Remember that reciprocal blog project? It’s my turn! I’m really excited to guest blog for Chris Shea over at life’s journey counseling. This time about the trauma under addiction. You’ll see his post on mindfulness soon! You may even get too hear a podcast

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Let’s Talk About Firearms…

*Disclaimer: First and foremost, let me make VERY CLEAR that I am not a lawyer, nor do I have a comprehensive, clear, and all knowing knowledge of the laws in the United States regarding this issue. I am not giving legal advice. This is opinion and anecdotal personal evidence* Okay, good. Now that that’s done,

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The reason ALL of my patients come to therapy….

With a few notable exceptions- genetic schizophrenia, major personality disorders, and the like- I can narrow down the reason anyone comes to therapy to ONE reason: AVOIDANCE The root of most of the psychological stress that people carry around is due to not facing the things they need to face. I understand. It’s painful. You

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