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Two Years After Trauma: What’s New

IMG_2003After Trauma started 2 years ago. Since the last anniversary, I left DC Rape Crisis Center, moved to Ghana and started working with children and adults who have developmental disabilities. In the next year, I plan to move back to Washington, DC and resume private practice with adults who have complex trauma. That’s a lot of change! And as I grow as a clinician and a human being, I hope that After Trauma continues to deepen and grow as well.

To honor this occasion and the commitment it takes to continue a blog for two years, here is a review of this year’s most popular posts. Next week, I’ll share some of my favorite posts that you might have missed.

Top Posts

Infertility is Trauma, Physical and Emotional

Infertility is surprisingly common considering how little it’s discussed and the fact that there are no rituals or traditions in our culture to recognize this loss. It’s surprisingly common considering that every infertile couple will be asked when they are having children in almost every social setting where they meet new people. Learn more about this condition that is difficult to grieve due to its ongoing nature and lack of social support.

How are Complex Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder Related?

Borderline personality disorder carries a lot of stigma in its name. There’s a lot we don’t understand about this condition but there’s no doubt that people carrying this diagnosis often get worse treatment in medical and mental health settings. The most commonly accepted explanation includes a history of trauma. Is it more helpful to view BPD as a set of coping skills, rather than a disease described as a “disordered personality”?

What’s So Great About EMDR?

The title pretty much says it all. Learn all about EMDR: what it is and how it’s helpful.

Pendulum of Change

Change is really hard work and it can take a long time. Sometimes we get partway and we either lose sight of what’s changed, or we’re so exhilarated with the new behaviors that we are tempted to stop right where we are. When you’re feeling stuck, use this easy tool to remind yourself of how far you’ve come and get back on track.

Therapeutic Writing

Writing: a powerful tool.   Get some tips and resources to use writing in your recovery.

Two Years After Trauma: What’s New

Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH

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Staggs, S. (2015). Two Years After Trauma: What’s New. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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