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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. …

Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt will release in summer, 2018!

I am beyond thrilled to tell you that Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt, a creative non-fiction book written by Dr. Matt E. Jaremko and me, has found a publisher, Ayni Books. Our book should release in early summer, 2018. The best way to describe it to you is to borrow from our book proposal: …

Introduction to our book: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt

For the past year, I have been collaborating with Beth Fehlbaum to write a book entitled: Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. The first draft of this book is in the process of editorial submission and review but here we begin to discuss its purpose and anticipated impact. An overview of the book is provided …

Chapter 9 Playlist: Skills Needed to Become “Unstuck”: Evidence-Based Therapeutic Techniques

The actual reason lives changes comes down to efforts at making changes in the environments that surround us. We can think about and dream of a different life all we want; but if we don’t take action, nothing changes. This chapter discusses some actual steps trauma victims can make to change. When these new behaviors are tried, lives improve.

1. “Every Drop of Water,” Bill and Bonnie Hearne

When life is a rollercoaster, it is resilience that allows us to see ourselves as diamonds in the rough with the ability to eventually become shiny.

2. “Some Bridges,” Jackson Browne

Celebrate the power of perseverance and the impact we have on one another’s lives by being present for another person.

3. The Shack (2017)

Movie about overcoming trauma through faith. The book is great as well.


4. Stress Inoculation Training in action.


Video depicting how the Stress Coping Cycle is used to help cope with stress.

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