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7 Ways Trauma Victims Feel Stuck & Ways To Move Forward

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Trauma is a powerful word.  Many people almost stagger when I mention that I believe they have experienced "trauma."When clients hear me label some of their most disturbing and unhealthy experiences as "trauma" they look puzzled.

Interestingly, some of my previous clients have come into my office already labeling their experiences as traumatic and seemed to be fully aware of the fact that they have experienced trauma. But a select...
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What Therapy Is and Is Not: 10 Considerations

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What is your perspective on therapy or counseling? Do you admire it, accept it, or feel grateful for it? Or do you disregard it, disapprove of it, or hate it? If so, why? Was it the type of therapist received? The type of  other clients you ran into while waiting in the waiting area? Was it the administrative staff or the opportunity for flexible appointments? Was it your...
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5 Reasons To Accept A Mental Health Diagnosis

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Do you (or have you) struggled with accepting a mental health diagnosis? What about a personality disorder diagnosis? Whether it is a mental health or personality related diagnosis or not, acceptance can take years. Sadly, many people believe that acceptance of a mental health or personality disorder diagnosis means defeat. In fact, it can mean the very opposite. Courage is needed to accept reality across all domains of...
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How To Spot A Good Therapist: 9 Major Signs

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Do you have a therapist or know someone who does? Are you (or that person) close to the therapist? Or are they (or you) counting every single minute until it is over? If so, I'm sorry to hear that. Therapy should always invigorate you, motivate you, break down barriers or "emotional walls," and challenge you.

A therapist who does anything other than this is probably not a good therapist.

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5 Dissociative Symptoms: Coping With Trauma

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Have you ever found yourself feeling emotionally, psychologically, or even physically detached from reality? In other words, did you catch yourself in a strong state of daydreaming in which you "separated" in your consciousness from the world around you? As youngsters, and even some adults, daydreaming is a normal "separating from reality" for a moment of rest for the psyche.  But dissociation includes 2 main processes that...
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