In an earlier post on how all trauma is not the same, I talk about how single incident trauma and repeated trauma impact people differently. A single incident of trauma catches us off guard and breaks through our defenses. But when trauma is repeated as it is in child abuse,
Did you know that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is considered a trauma induced anxiety disorder? PTSD is also considered a normal reaction to abnormal events. That means you are normal, and your responses are normal responses to what happened, the event that happened is considered ‘abnormal.’ Statistically common events, unfortunately, but still
I am so beyond sick of hearing from the survivors that walk into my office that they have been diagnosed with personality disorders or told that they are codependent while trying to navigate through and beyond abusive relationships.
Besides being an incorrect and shaming diagnosis, it can be extremely harmful to a survivor who is
The only way you can describe how you feel is that you feel minimized. You feel crushed and smothered. You’re constantly second-guessing yourself; your feelings, your perceptions, your memories, and a small, suffocated part inside of you wonders whether you are actually going crazy.
If you’re reading this, you probably identify as a highly sensitive person (or an HSP). However, you may not know what C-PTSD is or if you’re suffering from it.
Complex trauma forms in childhood, possibly even in infancy. For those who were born with the trait of high sensitivity, there’s an even greater
New Years is the time of year that’s universally associated with resolution making. Although most people go through the annual ritual of identifying the things they are determined to change, almost 90% of all resolutions get broken or forgotten by Valentine’s Day.
In theory, taking the time to take stock and committing to bettering yourself is
How is it that I was not enough? How can I ever be enough? What if I’m not enough?
Am I thin enough? Am I smart enough? Am I making enough? Am I doing enough? Do I have enough? I am not enough.
We seem to be obsessed with enough. And yet, we never seem
Today I’m going to talk about one of the most important concepts on the road to healing for a trauma survivor: consistency.
Why is it so important? Many who have endured trauma experienced it during childhood, where they faced overwhelming neglect or danger they couldn’t escape. This could be due to family members
As women we tend to take care of everyone around us, but do a poor job at taking care of ourselves.
We are expected by society to be motherly and nurturing to our children, husbands and friends, but are considered selfish and lazy if we take time for self care. Even if no one around us
Spirituality is something that has been important to me, as it has been a big part of my healing with anxiety.
Often people ask if mindfulness is spirituality, and the answer is: it depends on how you define it. For me, spirituality means living your life for something greater than your thoughts and feelings.