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Lately, I've had a lot of conversations with my clients surrounding emotion regulation and managing triggers and those conversations have inspired this particular post.

Emotion regulation is hard in and of itself. If you have depression or anxiety you may sometimes feel yourself spiraling and feel powerless to turn your emotions around. If you are living with triggers from past traumas, managing your emotions and t...

 

When you think of someone who is courageous, what comes to mind?

 

Real life heroes? Superheroes? Firefighters, first responders, men in arms? We think of having courage as putting our lives on the line. And that's true, right? People who are willing to die for a cause or die for the sake of another, well, that's courage. I'm certainly not here to argue that it isn't.

 

But that isn't the only way to be courageous. That definitio...

If you've been through trials and tribulations in life, trouble sleeping may be something you are all too familiar with. It's a common side effect of anxiety, depression, PTSD, you name it. If you find your thoughts unable to shut down, you're too anxious to sleep, or your mind just won't settle down, here's something to try.

A backstory, first. A few months ago, I went through a particularly stressful period and found myself w...

I found this app, put out by the Veteran's Administration and I was so excited about it that here it is 11 pm and I had to post about it. What a great idea for an app and good news: It's a FREE app! Gotta love free. It's called PTSD Coach and you can find it online here.

This app does several really awesome things. First, it gives you some information on what it's like to have PTSD and information about trauma and it's many sym...

February 23, 2017

Hi all,

Here's another video of me practicing an EMDR coping skill. If you have any questions or feedback leave them in the comments or shoot me an email!

Tara

February 14, 2017

People seek out a therapy for a host of reasons, the most commons of which are current depression and anxiety. When you feel like you can't get out of bed anymore to face the day or you're having panic attacks at work, you may find yourself researching therapists in your area in an attempt to help you heal from these challenges. 

Most therapists are oriented as talk therapists. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the m...

January 30, 2017

You might ask why a trauma therapist is talking about anxiety and depression (and by the way, what are ACES, thank you very much??) For those who have been through some of the very obvious traumas (think combat, rape, etc..) you may not question how those experiences related to the lasting impact of depression and anxiety, but so many others experience adverse circumstances and don't put the connection together.

For instance:

I'...

January 20, 2017

Dumbledore's words of wisdom on confronting the things that haunt us.

January 10, 2017

In this video, I'm talking about the things that people don't think about when they think of trauma. We've all heard of combat creating trauma but don't always think about other causes. I'm also talking about what creates traumatic symptoms and how EMDR helps. Hope you enjoy and as always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments!

Hi guys!

Ignore the messy hair in this video! I've posted a "how-to" of sorts for calming yourself down. I've found it to be super helpful in my

personal life and I hope you find it helpful as well. The goal of this technique is to be able to call to mind an image that produces positive, calming sensations. Tell me how it works for you and email me any questions!

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with Tara Cantrell, LPCA