BLOG: Hope for Post-traumatic Growth

What Trauma Recovery Does to Your Close Relationships

By Beth Fehlbaum, Matt E. Jaremko, and guest contributors Preface Beth Fehlbaum and Matt E. Jaremko, co-authors of the forthcoming book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt, address some of what happens to folks as they go through trauma recovery. In this installment, Matt and Beth discuss what can and does happen to the relationships …

How Does One Identify an Experience as a Trauma?

By Matt E. Jaremko and Beth Fehlbaum Our title might sound somewhat nonsensical. Of course, if you have experienced a trauma, you will know it. However, admitting that you have experienced trauma may not be as straightforward as you might think. Folks can tend to underplay the extent to which they deserve care and attention. …

Giving Thanks for the Opportunity to Share a Message of Hope and Resilience with Trauma Survivors

Something I’m thankful for: my writing partner and the book we wrote together. I’m sharing the cover with you. It’s the first time it’s been posted publicly. My co-author, Matt, and I really like this cover because of the light coming into the group therapy circle: providing the light of hope in the face of …

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. …

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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