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

Believing that one can’t do something ends progress before it even stops. This chapter explains how one can reverse this belief. Self efficacy, the belief one can do something is the direct result of performance accomplishmants, 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 it 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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