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

The actual reason lives change 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 each other’s lives by being present for another person.

3. The Shack (2017) (Movie)

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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