Everyone experiences anxiety or a sense of overwhelm from time to time. This can be especially true for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), who can become overstimulated more easily due to a more “finely-tuned” nervous system. Additionally, folks with PTSD or complex trauma can feel anxious and overwhelmed, especially when triggered or due to being hyper-alert. […]
Starting therapy can be anxiety-provoking, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. Either because you have never been in therapy before, or you’re seeing a new therapist. On the other hand, some people make assumptions about therapy, thinking they know it all. They are then taken off guard once treatment begins. The truth is, […]
Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) can often be difficult to recognize. CEN is elusive. It represents something a child is missing at home rather than something that was there (such as physical abuse). Many adults don’t even know they experienced emotional neglect. When emotions were expressed, or the child had a need, they were ignored or […]
Unfortunately, being a survivor of trauma or abuse is exceedingly common. According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. annually. And according to the Center for Disease Control’s 2017 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 4 adult women and approximately 1 in 7 adult men […]
In the United States, one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). When sexual abuse happens, many people having difficulty coping with the experience or express their feelings in a healthy way. The result is a […]
Meditation offers powerful benefits, yet many people are confused as to what exactly those benefits are. Basically, meditation allows you to be more aware and mindful to the present moment. The purpose is to take you from a state of distracting, busy mind to a sense of inner calm. I’d imagine most of us could […]
Flashbacks are one way our brain tries to process traumatic experiences. But what tends to happen is, our subconscious goes to our storage cabinet to access some important memories regarding the event, and everything can come out of the cabinet all at once. This falling out or flashback experience can feel almost as traumatic as […]
Understanding psychological trauma and recognizing its impact on daily functioning.