Reading Time: 4 minutes They say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, time also has a way of opening the deepest ones back up periodically. The Events that Define Us There are a handful of moments in our lives that change us in some way: e.g., the day you gain or lose someone you love, the day your beliefs about […]

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Reading Time: 8 minutes Working Together in Understanding the Inner You It’s quite something if you don’t want to nourish yourself anymore, if you deprive yourself from your daily needs. When you feel the inevitable need to control yourself in such extreme ways, if you starve yourself, something must be haunting you so deeply that you aren’t able to […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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Boundaries

February 19, 2020

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no soft way to put it in words when you have been sexually abused as a child and that defined your sexuality and messed up your perception of friendship and intimacy. You can only become aware of it, accept it, hate it, hate everyone, use people, feel guilty about it, start the pattern […]

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A bright painting of two nearly identifical girls.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I visited Budapest while studying abroad in Vienna and it brought home some ancestral recollections in my 5/8 Slavically Jewish memory. I came across a stylish neo-Renaissance house that was built on Andrassy Street, a picturesque boulevard not far from the Danube, in 1880. For decades the building served as a venue for pleasant social […]

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An abstract painting: bright green shapes in the middle and reddish hues around the center.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Reiki is an energetic form of healing in which one embraces the body’s ability to rejuvenate itself by reducing stress and fostering relaxation. Light equals life. When you live in light and love, you bring more energy into the body, bequeathing a more fulfilled and abundant life. Come out of the shadows and step into […]

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A portrait of an unpleasant-looking man with green hair.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The question often asked by outsiders is, “why do you accept this type of behavior?” They assume that if it were them, they’d have left the moment it started. What they fail to realize is that narcissistic abuse is normally a gradual process. Abusers want their victims to accept the harshness as part of our […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes I am sure many people can relate to the symptoms and causes of depression and PTSD. I have been living with depression most of my life and have been in denial up until recent years. The PTSD has only just been recognized in the past year—back in the 70’s/80’s it wasn’t a common diagnosis among […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Soul loss is a form of self-preservation. When we experience trauma, we experience soul loss because the part of ourselves that gives us life and vitality “leave” in order to prevent permanent damage. This causes a systemic distortion that manifests in many ways, ultimately compromising our quality of life and our ability to connect with […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes “I don’t really care who you are, what your relationship is to me…I just need you to get out.” This words left Martha’s mouth with so much hate and venom I wanted to push my chair back a bit. They were directed at her son, Timothy, who had just told his conservative Christian mom that […]

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