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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. …

Fictional Characters

Meet Your Traveling Companions: the Members of the Thursday Night Therapy Group

  • Ashley, age 19, who was sexually abused by her stepfather from age 9 to 15; her mother displayed deliberate indifference to Ashley’s outcry for help;
  • Hunter, age 32, who awoke on the ground in the dark after a rain-wrapped tornado destroyed his mobile home, critically injuring his toddler daughter;
  • Felicia, age 34, who, at age 14, was nearly raped by her brother’s friend; twenty years later, she is still haunted by it;
  • Ben, age 20, who saw combat horrors in the Middle East and returned home a fundamentally different person;
  • Patty, age 47, who lost control of her car; her husband died when they hit a semi-truck;
  • Jake, age 30, an EMT who responded to a hate crime / shooting at a local church’s Wednesday night prayer service. The son of a preacher, Jake lost his faith as a result of what he saw.
  • Darrell, age 35, who served time in prison for armed robbery. When he was released, he entered therapy to seek solutions for the frequent rages that overtook his decision-making abilities.
  • Scott “Dr. Matt” Matthews, age 60-something. He’s conducted a general practice of clinical psychology for 40 years because he likes to build things. As a behavioral psychologist, he collaborates with his clients in building new personal histories that encourage/require healthier behavior and emotional management. The values he tries to let guide his professional endeavors are truth, toughness, tolerance and tenderness. Teaching others in the intimate setting of psychotherapy is sometimes a strain for him because he has never found ways to be consistently patient. It is in that domain that he lets his clients teach him.

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