Tag Archives: trauma

How to Help after a Trauma

by on August 26, 2020

As soon as Tracey could get away, she ran. It took nearly all night to find the right moment when her date had finally fallen asleep so that she could remove his arm off her body. She silently grabbed her clothes from around the room, putting on enough items to leave the apartment, and carrying… (more…)

Initial Responses to Trauma

by on July 26, 2020

As I was headed towards a parking lot after leaving a downtown office, I witnessed a woman get struck by a pick-up truck no more than 10 feet in front of me. She had walked into on-coming traffic to cross the street where there was no intersection or light and didn’t see how quickly the… (more…)

How Trauma Impairs the Decision-Making Process

by on May 1, 2019

It was one of those perfect Florida mornings where the sun was out but not too strong, there was little humidity in the air, and the temperature was in the low 70’s. Added to that was an early spring day where the flowers are blooming, the birds were singing, and everything smelled fresh and alive…. (more…)

The 5 Powerful Painful Events that Transform Lives

by on October 7, 2018

Marie and her twin sister Rose had the same childhood experiences. They went to the same schools, had the same teachers, liked the same activities and enjoyed the same friends. Yet as they got older, Marie excelled in her job, had a stable marriage, and was satisfied with her achievements. Meanwhile, Rose became an alcoholic,… (more…)

Another Traumatic Ending from the Effects of PTSD

by on January 6, 2018

In the news, this morning is a story about a Kentucky lawmaker who shot himself after sexual allegations came to light the previous day. While there are many aspects of this man’s life that are both encouraging and discouraging, his last words on social media indicated that his death was due the to lasting effects… (more…)

7 Steps of Healing from Domestic Violence

by on November 27, 2017

The first time Nancy came into counseling she had a hard time looking at her therapist. Embarrassed and ashamed of the bruises on her body, the mental torture from her spouse, and the sexual acts he coerced her into doing, she struggled to talk. She believed that she deserved to be treated this way and… (more…)

12 Ways to Help Someone Dealing with Domestic Violence

by on November 27, 2017

It took a while for Matt to realize what was going on with his daughter, Nancy. By 26 years old, Nancy graduated from college, secured a good job, and purchased her first home. She was intelligent, beautiful, talented, and resourceful. So when she met John, who on the surface seemed to match her characteristics, Matt… (more…)

The Cost of Surrendering Self in Exchange for Peace

by on November 27, 2017

At 45 years old, Brian did not know who he was or what he wanted. From the outside looking in, he seemed to have it all: money, family, career, and friends. But in reality, life was very different. He managed to have a successful career at a job he did not like. His 20-year abusive… (more…)

10 Ways to Show Support for Someone after a Trauma

by on November 27, 2017

As soon as Tracey could get away, she ran. It took nearly all night to find the right moment when her date had finally fallen sufficiently asleep that she could remove his arm off her body. She silently grabbed her clothes from around the room, putting on enough items to leave the apartment. Carefully, she… (more…)

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