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What is the Difference Between PTSD and Complex PTSD?

There is extensive information in the media these days describing PTSD, and as a result many people are generally familiar with it’s symptoms.  I often receive calls for therapy from potential clients stating that they believe they have PTSD. They are feeling anxious, depressed and are having re-intrusive thoughts about a traumatic experience. Although these […]

Thrive Notes

If you have ever struggled with maintaining a mindset of positive growth and change, here is a tool that may help towards that end. Thrive Notes is a workbook written by Tamra Hughes, MA, LPC “containing tools and activities for daily reflection. It is for documenting personal reminders of one’s coping skills, triggers, strengths and […]

5 Simple Ways to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Therapy is an investment in one’s own health and happiness.   Therapy can be life changing, but the choice to start therapy can be deterred by concerns about how much it will cost, how long it will take, and whether it will work.   Here, I list out 5 simple tips for those who are new or […]

Memory Networks in a Nutshell

Do you ever wonder why a smell, song, or other sensory cue may remind you of a time, place, person or experience? It can be wonderful when positive memories are elicited, but when the memories are negative or traumatic, it can send a person into a state of anxiety or panic as they try to […]

Understanding Adjunctive Care in EMDR Therapy

Many people ask about my approach to adjunctive care in EMDR therapy. It is not uncommon for clinicians who are not trained in EMDR therapy to want to refer their clients for EMDR therapy and still maintain their role as the primary therapist to their client. This can be a great collaboration as long as […]

Delving Into Emotion Safely

Worried about beginning counseling for fear of dredging up unpleasant memories? Unfortunately, many people miss out on the benefits of trauma counseling due to bad experiences with previous therapy, or anxiety about what it will be like to delve into difficult memories. Furthermore, people who have a bad experience opening up with overwhelming disturbing emotion, particularly […]

The Meaning We Make of Our Experiences

One of my favorite facts about the mind is that memories are stored in a way that has much less to do with the memory of an actual experience than it does to do with the meaning we attribute to it. Meaning is at the crux of everything we do and everything that motivates us. […]

To Share or Not To Share: Disclosing Mental Illness

The stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness is a hot topic in the media as of late.  Efforts are being made nationwide to change the way it is viewed and to help offer awareness to the public. Currently, our society struggles with supplying enough mental health resources, not only to those who need to be […]

Grounded: Exercises in trauma therapy.

Seeking therapy for a traumatic experience can be scary and intimidating for some, and for others it is the hope for immediate, long awaited relief. For the therapist, part of the job is determining when it is most appropriate to begin to deeply address the trauma in counseling and implementing the right techniques to allow […]

Trauma Recovery: Weathering the Storm

Life comes with hardships and traumas, both large and small, that ebb and flow, some more challenging than others. Some individuals are remarkable in their ability to manage these hardships and ultimately use the challenges as catalysts for thriving. These people are examples from which we all can learn and here are just a few […]