Integration in PTSD and Trauma Recovery

Integration in PTSD and trauma recovery is one of those topics that’s really essential to the process and that we don’t talk about often enough. But I did this week! One of the things I love about my job interviewing experts about how to change direction in recovery is that I get to connect with cutting-edge,… Read More

Trauma and Identity: 5 Ways To Practice Integration

Trauma and identity is a tricky path to navigate, especially when you’re trying to integrate the fragments of your traumatized self. During my recovery from trauma and PTSD I spent a lot of time feeling completely befuddled by the fact that I seemed to have so many selves inside my one personality. I was ‘Michele’,… Read More

After Trauma Who Are You Meant To Be?

Scientifically we know that many neurophysiological elements can become dysregulated in your mind and body after trauma. Your left prefrontal cortex may have decreased blood flow (your executive function falters); your right prefrontal cortex may have increased blood flow (you’ll experience more sadness and/or anger); your amygdala sensitizes to threat; your hippocampus doesn’t efficiently convert… Read More

Are You a Giver, Matcher or a Taker?

In your relationships with friends to you always give more than you receive? In your family do you try to give as much as you get so that an equal balance exists between you and those with whom you interact? In social settings do you try to get as much as you can from others while giving… Read More

#samplesunday – Courage Is A Choice

You always hear me say, “We don’t heal in isolation; we heal in community.” Naturally, that means I’d be sharing excerpts from BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED (also available on Kindle)as part of the weekly #SampleSunday event on Twitter!   Courage Is a Choice Although I never told anyone, there was one experience during my illness that haunted me… Read More

Wrangling Anxiety: How-To Tips You Can Use Today

It’s tough to live your life, keep up with friends, hold down a job, take care of family, and achieve your dreams when you’re being run ragged by an anxiety that just won’t stop! What if there were simple, inexpensive (free!) practices that you could do that would make that anxiety just evaporate and disappear… Read More

#SampleSunday – Surviving Trauma & Learning to Thrive

You always hear me say, “We don’t heal in isolation; we heal in community.” Naturally, that means I’d be sharing excerpts from BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED (also available on Kindle)as part of the weekly #SampleSunday event on Twitter! Behold the Zebra! In his memoir, One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient, Dr. David Biro… Read More

Trauma Memoir Author Blog Hop

One of my buds, Smadar Belkind Gerson, recently invited me to a blog hop – and today’s the day! Smadar’s book, STORED TREASURES, was published last year and is about her great-grandmother’s, Minnie Crane, life as she transformed from a girl in old Russia to a woman in America at the turn of the twentieth… Read More

How To Better Regulate Your Emotions

In my constant quest to learn more about trauma and recovery I read – constantly. Right now I’m reading a book that I feel any trauma survivor would benefit from. Regardless of your type of trauma or where you are in recovery THE SEDONA METHOD, by Hale Dwoskin, is a fantastic book offering a simple… Read More

Books That Matter In Trauma Recovery

Last week I received some exciting news: my trauma memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED, has been chosen as a finalist for the prestigious BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE award! The really cool thing is that I wrote this book while I was enormously emotionally distressed by the effects of trauma, which means that my memoir… Read More