Trauma

New Ways to Sell Yourself: Dangerous or Empowering?

Enter the digital age. With the onset of the internet, popularity of social media, and online applications, people are discovering new ways to boost cash flow. Some of these revenue streams are pretty straightforward, while others may be a bit misleading. In particular, websites like Seeking (formerly known as SeekingArrangement) and OnlyFans — which are hugely popular among young women — appear harmless, but what are they really selling? And can you, or should you, put a price on your safety and worth? Read More

Healing from Divorce Trauma

Healing from divorce is a process for all involved: It takes time, effort, and commitment for anyone affected to recover from divorce trauma. Though divorce impacts all parties, its effects on the children can be especially detrimental. Children of divorced parents are more likely to struggle in school, deal with addiction, and suffer depression. Read More

NARM and Complex PTSD

Most adults are well aware of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and how it impacts millions of people from all walks of life.  Whether a response to traumatic military service, the result of a serious accident, the loss of a child, physical abuse, sexual assault, or another event created the condition, PTSD is a serious and often debilitating mental illness that dramatically changes one’s sense of self and security. Read More

Why Isn’t My Child Succeeding?

By Beau Black It’s common to worry about your child’s future, and it can be frustrating to see them struggle in school or life. For some children, issues can arise as a result of trauma. Others may not have learned the skills that enable them to succeed. If you’re… Read More

Winter Break: Did It Create Concern for Some Parents?

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Winter break can be a beautiful thing. It offers students the opportunity to slow down, rest up, and regroup, a much-needed break from the social and academic stress of the daily routine. It gives families time to be together, create memories, and have important conversations. Read More

Understanding (& Overcoming!) Abandonment Issues

By Wesley Gallagher Relationships are hard. No matter how much you love someone and know they love you, there’s always the chance that you’ll get hurt. The reality is that most people, even those you love the most, will hurt you at some point. And while many relationships last a… Read More

Scars: What Lies Beneath; Emotional Abandonment

When we think of trauma we most often think of incidents that are blatant and acute, visible and sudden, such as a natural disaster or a car wreck, mass shootings, or acts of terrorism. But some people experience trauma as more subtle and chronic that present in the form… Read More

What Do I Do With My Child?

College can be an exciting time for many young adults; it is where they experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new cultures and a wide variety of principles and thinking. Unfortunately, when many students are unable to handle these firsts, they’re more likely to struggle. Insecure and unable to manage the new environment or adjustments they can become susceptible to depression and anxiety. Read More

PTSD in Children of Alcoholics

In addition to the basics of food and shelter, children also need stability, consistency, and emotional care in order to thrive. Typically, at a young age, children form an emotional attachment with their caregivers and this has an influence on their development. The most important emotional attachment for a child is usually their parents. Children learn from their parents how to behave, how to function in life, and how to form other healthy relationships. When children grow up in unstable environments, it can disrupt normal development and lead to difficulties, such as mental health conditions. Read More

Building Strength and Resilience through Facing and Dealing with Life’s Problems

Resilient qualities are not only what we’re born with but also the strengths that we build through encountering life’s challenges and developing the personal and interpersonal skills to meet them. It is one of life’s paradoxes that the worst circumstances can bring the best out of us. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) studies performed by Robert Anda (2006) and his team at Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, we will all experience four or more serious life stressors that may be traumatizing, and according to positive psychology research, most of us will grow from them. Read More