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Being Tender yet Tough with Veterans

As any subgroup of Americans, military veterans cover a wide spectrum of personality types and pre-service adjustment history. While there is almost universal agreement that veterans should be honored for serving, across the board admiration without constructive criticism may be unwise. Not every hero acts heroically all the time. Sometimes folks with adjustment difficulties need …

Perseverence + Resilience + Patience = Hope for Recovery

I sometimes say that my middle name is “Perseverence.” It could also be said that Resilience runs through my veins, which is, in part, why writing a book with Matt E. Jaremko–Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt: Narratives of Hope and Resilience for Victims of PTSD–is so gratifying, because it will help SO MANY PEOPLE. …

Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt will release in summer, 2018!

I am beyond thrilled to tell you that Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt, a creative non-fiction book written by Dr. Matt E. Jaremko and me, has found a publisher, Ayni Books. Our book should release in early summer, 2018. The best way to describe it to you is to borrow from our book proposal: …

Introduction to our book: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt

For the past year, I have been collaborating with Beth Fehlbaum to write a book entitled: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. The first draft of this book is in the process of editorial submission and review but here we begin to discuss its purpose and anticipated impact. An overview of the book is provided …

Chapter 5 Playlist: Breaking the Rules

The main idea discussed in this chapter is that folks engage in action that follows rules they have been given. Many times the rules followed by the individual have been examined and turn out to be true. But sometimes the rule following is so ‘automatic’ it is not questioned. In these cases false rules are followed and maintain unhealthy behavior. The items presented in this playlist give common examples of how following false rules can devastate a life.

1. “It Don’t Bring You,” Mary Chapin Carpenter

Moving song about how following the unhealthy rules we’ve been given causes hollow and unfulfilling relationships unless they are matched with healthy action.

2. A Girl Like Her (2015, Netflix movie)

A powerful depiction of the effects of bullying on a high school.

3. Confirmation (2016 movie)

A divorced father and his son expect to have a typical weekend together, but when a toolbox with special meaning is stolen, bonding occurs between father and son. Film demonstrates how the ill-effects of following false rules can be changed when authentic rules are adhered to.

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