How to Grow When You Don’t Like Change (Especially for Trauma Survivors)

how to grow through change after trauma

Accepting change can be especially challenging for trauma survivors. Since my office has recently moved upstairs in the same building – presenting change – it’s a great time to talk about it! Dealing with change can offer meaningful challenges and opportunities especially for trauma survivors.

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Flashback Halting Guide: 10 Tips to Halt Flashbacks for Yourself or a Loved One

help someone during a flashback

Flashbacks can take many forms. Children and adults can have emotional flashbacks. Veterans can have combat flashbacks. They are part of the aftermath of trauma for many people.

Download a free flashback halting guide at the end of this article.

A person can experience trauma after an overwhelming experience, such as violence or an accident. Trauma may result from living with others who feel unsafe, such as parents or caregivers who were scary or shaming.

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How to Help Men Break “Man Rules” and Talk About Trauma

Man rules make trauma informed care essential for therapy with men

When someone asked me, “Do you treat men?” I realized I needed to openly address mental health concerns and challenges specific to men. From a trauma-informed point of view, there’s not much difference in the course of therapy when working with either men or women.

What is different, if anything, about therapy for men?

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Why You Need a Trauma-Informed Therapist, Even if You Don’t Think You Have TRAUMA

need for trauma-informed therapist

The term trauma-informed care is a very important concept. A trauma-informed therapist is aware of the complex impact of trauma (any perceived trauma) on a person’s suffering and how it shapes a person’s efforts to cope. A trauma-informed approach integrates a thorough knowledge of this impact into every aspect of treatment. It also means that any person or organization that claims to be trauma-informed makes emotional and psychological safety a priority for the people they serve.

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Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? 3 Ways to Stop Worrying So Much

Stop worrying, enjoy the present

Learning to live in the moment is a special gift of a healthy childhood. That’s ideally when we discover simple pleasures like playing with crayons, learning to ride a bicycle, and making friends. We also start to realize that in healthy secure relationships, parents are there for their children.

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A Compassionate Guide to Talking about LBGTQ Issues

transgender issues

by Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT and Emily Sanders, LPC

On November 7, 2017,  Virginia voters elected Danica Roem to the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem is the first openly transgender state legislator in America. Her campaign focused on local issues, especially improving traffic problems, which resonated with voters. But she has also broken a cultural barrier that brings attention to the LBGTQ community. Her public life opens new opportunities for us to talk about transgender issues.

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