Therapy Chat Episode 287

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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week’s episode host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Heather Tuba, who is a writer and advocate for partners and families of trauma survivors. In this conversation you will hear:

  • Why it can be difficult for trauma survivors to find a therapist to meet their needs;
  • How gaps in resources and services for partners and family members of trauma survivors create barriers to healing for survivors and their loved ones;
  • Heather shares her personal experience attempting to find trauma-competent help for a family member;
  • Important considerations for therapists when serving trauma survivors and their families; and more!

Heather Tuba is a writer and educator who specializes in psychoeducational resources for loved ones of persons with complex trauma and mental health challenges. Heather has been a leading voice in highlighting the need for more understanding and better support for families. Her writing includes articles on her website, a guidebook on building emotional resources (available for purchase on her site) and contributions to trauma-related podcasts and websites. Her contribution to the upcoming book  Damaged: Childhood trauma, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution by Drs Robert Maunder and Jonathan Hunter is coming out in September 2021. She is also writing a book on the necessity of family engagement within the medical and mental health systems. Coming: 2022.

To purchase Heather’s book Strengthening You: A guide to build, strengthen and support the emotional resources of loved ones, please visit her website:

Listen to Heather’s first Therapy Chat interview from 2019 here!

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Original Date

July 16, 2021

About the Host

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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