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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. …

Endorsements & Media

“This book is remarkable. The authors have, more effectively than anyone I’ve read before, brought the patients’ experiences to life at the same time they’re teaching about the conditions and ways to cope. I’m not just moved by the patient profiles and stories, but I can feel them; that’s something the manuals completely lack—not just clinical pearls, but the experience of the patient on all levels. Most important, this is a book about hope. The entire book is about hope. Matt and Beth make a great team.”

~Dr. Anne Marie Albano, author and professor of medical psychology in psychiatry at Columbia University School of Medicine

“Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt reaches out to hurting, frightened people and makes the therapeutic journey accessible and comforting, even while acknowledging the bumps along the way. What separates this book from so many other “self-help” guides is the storyline. I rooted for, and cried with, the very realistic fictionalized therapy patients at various stages of recovery. A writing style that is sincere, empathetic, and engaging; the authors’ respective experiences as therapist and patient; and the breathtaking use of music to augment the recovery process will make readers “come on in” and stick around to see what happens. This book should be in every trauma therapist’s office and placed in each of their patients’ hands.”

~Jennifer Mathieu, award-winning author of The Truth About Alice, Devoted, Afterward, and the forthcoming Moxie, already optioned as a major motion picture

“The profound therapeutic bond between co-authors, Dr. Matt Jaremko and Beth Fehlbaum is the generous heart of TRAUMA RECOVERY: SESSIONS WITH DR. MATT. In this ‘roadmap,’ an engaging mix of clinical expertise and fictional therapy sessions, they offer survivors and families practical tools necessary for healing—and an essential element: hope.”

~ Steven Parlato, Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor and Simon Pulse author of The Namesake and The Precious Dreadful

“This uniquely structured book shares stories and strategies for rebuilding shattered lives after trauma. Trauma isn’t something one chooses.  The helplessness in its wake can feel permanent, enduring, and completely dis-empowering.  Despite what you might think prior to reading this book, you will come to see that indeed, you still have choices–about your response!  Tender and skillful methods exist to support you to move you beyond coping and into thriving!  Using personal stories combined with teaching research based methods of emotional healing, Beth and Dr. Jaremko gently and lovingly help you to restore hope, one song at a time.
~Pam Garcy, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of The REBT Super-Activity Guide: 52 Weeks of REBT for Clients, Students, Groups, and YOU!


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