Trauma Blog

Trauma, Attachment + Sensory Informed Parenting

Understanding our sensory systems With trauma-informed parenting, it is important to understand our sensory systems. There are 8 sensory systems, but we often recall 5. Smell, touch, sight, hearing, and taste. It’s part of how we get ourselves through the world. When you study babies, you can clearly see they are little sensate beings. They…

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Identifying+Assessing Complex PTSD Dissociation In Trauma Work

Here is the thing, there are a lot of therapists and people in the general population that don’t realize how prevalent trauma is to this day. The truth is even therapists struggle with trauma. They must find space for themselves to begin to work through issues like phobias, anxiety, nightmares, and more. Sometimes people will…

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Looking Beneath The Surface At Child Behavior

A Brief Review of Top-Down Therapy Approaches & Understanding Children Generally, when therapists are working on their education, we are trained developmentally from ages 5 years and beyond. Essentially, this allows for psychological testing at this age. Many of the young adults and teens that therapists experience often are dealing with issues, that now as…

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Understand and Dealing with Emotionally Immature Parents

In today’s blog, you’re going to learn about dealing with emotionally immature parents. Specifically, adults whose emotional attachment needs weren’t met by their own parents. These parents often do not have self-awareness about how it can affect their children’s development. We will address identity formation and how that impacts the developmental perspective. Additionally, we will…

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Being Your Authentic Self After Growing Up With Emotionally Immature Parents

Self-Care, Authenticity, and Boundaries During our last blog, we talked about the development of emotionally immature parents and the impact it has on their children. This time we are addressing self-care, boundaries, and developing authenticity. Due to the impact that emotionally immature parents’ actions have on kids, it leads to these individuals as children and…

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Understanding Narcissistic Abuse and Trauma

Narcissistic abuse can present itself in confusing ways. Have you commonly felt like you’re going crazy? Brenda Stephens, my guest on this episode of therapy chat has encountered this common tagline from individuals who have dealt with narcissistic abuse. Whether you’re navigating narcissism from friends, family, or a spouse, individuals come into trauma therapy not…

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When Your Partner Doesn’t Understand Your Trauma

*The names and characters in this article represent a composite of people I know personally and professionally. No real person is represented in this article, which is intended for educational purposes to address trauma and relationships.* Michael can’t understand it. He just doesn’t get what is going on with his wife of over 25 years,…

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What Trauma-Informed Therapy Is – And What It Isn’t

These days, we are all hearing the word trauma mentioned a lot. If you have listened to one of my podcasts – Therapy Chat or Trauma Chat – you might be aware for the first time that some tough times you’ve been through could actually have been traumatic and affected you more than you originally…

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Recognizing the Hidden Signs of Struggling with Perfectionism

Struggling with Perfectionism is Adapted from a recent episode of Therapy Chat Podcast On a recent episode of Therapy Chat, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisited a previous conversation with frequent guest Sharon Martin, LCSW. Sharon is a therapist in San Jose, California who specializes in working with adults who have anxiety, codependent relational patterns, and…

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The Magic Of Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP)

A Guest Blog Post By Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC, NCC, EMDR-Certified for Trauma Therapist Network How Can Equine Therapy Heal Attachment Wounds & Trauma? I have personally experienced the magic of the connection that comes with being in partnership with a horse, having been around horses almost my whole life. I’ve seen horses forced into…

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Favorite Podcasts Of 2022 For Trauma Therapists

The Best Podcasts for Trauma Therapists All In One Place For You To Listen! As a trauma therapist and trauma survivor, I’m super passionate about trauma. It is on my mind at least 75% of my waking hours. I am either providing therapy to clients reading or learning about trauma providing supervision consultation to my…

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