A drawing of a young man who looks like her might have gone through something.

Reading Time: 8 minutes PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, can cause upsetting/unwanted physical and emotional reactions in people who have experienced a frightening or unexpected event. Combat veterans and first responders are high-risk professions regarding PTSD; that said, people from all walks of life can develop a post-traumatic response, one that does or doesn’t interfere with daily functioning Humans generally […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Millions of people are haunted by past memories and need help. For some, the memories repeat in their dreams, while some get hit while trying to live their daily lives. Horrific past memories, resurfacing, make enjoying life quite impossible. If this sounds like you, read this blog all the way through. What does it take […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no soft way to put it into words when you have been sexually abused as a child, how 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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An abstract painting of a figure in front of an orb with undecipherable scribblings.

Reading Time: 8 minutes For many, the search for genuine meaning remains a desirous, life-long pursuit. How do we know when our lives can actually be characterized as meaningful? On a very fundamental level, searching for meaning places your life in a context of meaning; that is, you know what it means to lose meaning and to reacquire it. […]

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An abstract artwork showing half a woman's face horitozally - the other half beneath the landscape.

Reading Time: 2 minutes I imagine each individual grain of sand moving between my toes as I walk from my car to the beach where I am meeting my first client of the day. The sun hasn’t even begun to rise and there is a cool breeze off the ocean. We will be practicing breathwork, but I know that […]

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A spray-paint canvas featuring a female skeleton.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Toxic is a term that gets thrown around a lot. This person is toxic. I just ended a toxic relationship. Our government is toxic. While these may be apt descriptions, its overuse is desensitizing and devaluing the full weight of its meaning. Think about it this way: our physical bodies are presented with toxins daily. […]

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Becoming Resilient

December 22, 2020

Two boys playing.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Resilient: A person able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Throughout our lives, we are all exposed to trials and unexpected events that will ultimately impact us. These adversities can be anything from daily struggles such as an alarm not going off or an argument with a friend. To life-altering events such as […]

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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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A blurry painting of a woman changing in what appears to be a locker room.

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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