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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 …

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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