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When holidays like Mother’s Day hurt, and hope that they won’t always do that

I used to have to “write out” Mother’s Day in the form of a post– like– a long blog post or a poem or some kind of reflection. And I didn’t do it this year…unless you count this one, but the purpose of this is a lot different than those sorts of gutteral “I’ve gotta …

Guest Post: When Mom Took Off the Mask

Beth here: with my daughter’s permission, I’m sharing a piece she wrote in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. She reflected on what it was like when I “took off the mask” I wore as a result of being sexually abused as a child and expected to maintain a facade of “everything’s fine.” When Mom …

Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt is now available for pre-order!

We are thrilled to announce that our book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt is now available for pre-order! More stores will follow, but these are the current sites showing the pre-order info: Amazon U.S. Amazon Canada Amazon U.K. Waterstones Books- U.K. & Europe   Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt conveys hope and resilience …

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. …

Chapter 6 Playlist: Group Therapy Session: No One Left Behind

In Chapter 1, it was mentioned that there are four necessary and sufficient ingredients in successful trauma recovery treatment: 1-Finding a guide/therapist with whom to collaborate in planning and executing changes; 2-A critical mass of “leaps to the truth”; 3-Learning and using new and more effective coping skills, and 4-Group involvement to model and support the change process.
This chapter introduced some of the reasons and methods a group can be used to help in trauma recovery: the fourth ingredient of successful treatment.
The following songs and films will illustrate the power of the group even more.

1.  “Just Like the Man Said,” Martyn Joseph

Journeys together inspire hope as long as we keep walking on.

2. “The Shape of Us,” Ian Britt

Moving song about the strength of numbers in overcoming the hardships of life.

3. “When You Come Back Down,” Nickel Creek

Supportive people are essential to recovery.

4. “One Friend,” Dan Seals

Friendship is immeasurably valuable.

5. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) (Netflix Movie)

Moving film about four people who have had tragedy and hardship in life, and who think there is no hope. Together, they come through amazing circumstances and find strength in, and with, each other. The potential for hope opens up.

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