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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 7 Playlist: The Pursuit of Self-Efficacy: The Mechanics of “I Can”

Believing that one can’t do something ends progress before it even starts. This chapter explains how one can reverse this belief. Self-efficacy, the belief one can do something, is the direct result of performance accomplishments, verbal persuasion, modeling, and bodily feedback.
The items on this playlist show these “self-efficacy creators” in action. You can if you do and if you are shown how to do and if you practice doing. Little bits of progress yield large results in confidence.

1. “Father of Mine,” Everclear

It is possible to break the painful cycles of our past.

2. “Steady On,” Shawn Colvin

Trauma changes us in significant ways, but when you remain focused on learning to manage PTSD, a peaceful, fulfilling life is possible.

3. “Welcome Back,” Eliza Gilkyson

Darkness will fall away if you persevere through it.

4. TV Series: Army Wives, Season 4, Episode 6

Standing up to spousal abuse.

5. “I will,” Wynonna Judd

It’s a neat trick to see something before it exists. One can do that with one’s attempts to grow.


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