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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 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 has 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)

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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