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January 20, 2017

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Hello again! 

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...

March 18, 2017

While this one isn't a special "write in" kind of creative recovery post, it speaks to me in ways so few writings do. I think Maya Angelou knew what it was like to feel trapped by pain and that is what makes her writing so incredibly moving. Here's one for you...

A free bird leaps 

on the back of the wind   

and floats downstream   

till the current ends 

and dips his wing 

in the orange sun rays 

and dares to cla...

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...

February 14, 2017

This was written about a painful past relationship. So many of us can relate to giving love and care for someone who abuses us.

The clock tells all
Time to move on
And breathe easy for a while
Ready for Sunday
The dawn of the summer sun
Your face dies with winter
And my heart is rebirthed in spring
Time is hard to hold on to.

Your voice still echoes off the canyons
Hidden deep within the desert
Your words are dried up
Your hea...

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.

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