A Firefighter’s Story: Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

First responders have an incredibly tough job: their role centers on the task of bearing witness and responsibility for traumatic events. At the end of the day anyone with a conscience, or as Jay Davies calls it, “compassion”, would walk away carrying the burden of pain. This terrifically human firefighter joined me to discuss depression,… Read More

Trauma & the NICU: Life After the Pain

Trauma and the NICU – – life after the pain begins with learning how to live life despite the pain. For parents of premature babies this is a significant topic as the original trauma can end only to be followed by enormous stress and further traumas as preemie babies struggle to survive. Watching your baby’s… Read More

Trauma & Caregivers: A View From the Other Side

We talk a lot about what happens to survivors during and after trauma and PTSD recovery, even including 4 top facts about how trauma affects your brain. No survivor, though, is ever completely alone. There are family, friends, or even compassionate strangers who witness the pain of survival and feel empathy and the urge to help.… Read More

How To Practice Mindfulness Like A Pro

How to practice mindfulness like a pro can be challenging when you’re struggling with symptoms of trauma and posttraumatic stress. Slow down? Be still? Acknowledge and accept your emotions? Be in the moment? Suspend judgment? Phooey! And yet, science has proven the benefits of mindfulness to include: improves well-being by focusing on here reduces the… Read More

4 Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

4 natural ways to reduce anxiety would be so cool to have the next time you’re feeling a little jangly, wouldn’t it? Well, today’s episode delivers just that. My guest, co-Founder of Anxiety Slayer, Shann Vander Leek, came ready to rock the mic with her personal experiences of anxiety (including one that occurred this morning!),… Read More

How To Treat Depression: Advice From An Expert

How to treat depression is a huge topic for trauma survivors. Surviving a life-changing event can leave you feeling shocked, powerless and fearful, which can lead you to feel despondent, hopeless and sad. What do you do then? Knowing the signs, symptoms, reason and treatments for depression is the first step to making the choices… Read More

Trauma Resolution: What Does It Look Like?

Trauma resolution — what does it look like to you? Do you have an idea of what you’re trying to do and how to get it done, and then what happens next? Whether you’re at the beginning of treatment or someone along the process it always helps to have clarity about what you’re doing and… Read More

Boxing To Heal PTSD: “Fight Like A Girl”

There are lots of treatment approaches to overcoming trauma and PTSD. Usually they involve sitting in a practitioner’s office and going through repetitive processes to release trapped traumatic energy. And then there’s a wholly different way to add power to your process: You could get into the ring and fight it out! On today’s episode… Read More

Meditation and Trauma: Why You Need A Practice

Meditation and trauma, why you need a practice and how to heal are all like spokes in your wheel of healing: they go into the center of what it means to overcome the past. On today’s episode I shared how my first attempt to learn meditation in my recovery was a complete disaster! And also… Read More

Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Survivor’s Story

Healing childhood sexual abuse (CSA), says David Pittman, Executive Director of Together We Heal (TWH), happens because “Ultimately, you have to make a choice.” For Pittman that choice happened when he was incarcerated for drug possession. Getting clean, facing the truth, healing and founding an organization that provides free counseling is the amazing transformation that… Read More