Crisis intervention, trauma response, critical incident stress debriefing and management . . . these are all terms describing how a specially trained counselor can help you get through a traumatic event and return to a normal life as soon as possible. You do not have to re-live the experience by re-telling it.
Many parents feel that they would like to protect their children from the darkness that is in the world right now. There is wisdom in limiting their exposure, especially to repeated scary-sounding news stories on TV, Radio, or computers.
But it is important that you be the one that helps them learn how to handle their questions, fears, and uncertainties. Kids today are exposed to far more information than previous generations. The internet puts the most traumatic images and stories right ... Continue Reading →
After publishing my post on Talking to Kids about Tragedy, I had a lot of requests to offer more information on Crisis and PTS(d). The ‘d’ (stands for ‘disorder’) is in parentheses because Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is NOT a disorder in and of itself; unchecked, it can become more intense, but we should not assume that somebody has a ‘disorder’ just because they show signs of trauma.
Trauma and PTS(d)
When tragedy strikes, it is rarely expected or planned for. ... Continue Reading →
Bullying is not as simple as you think.
When I was growing up, bullying was face-to-face pushing and shoving, maybe some rumors, perhaps intimidating phone calls. Those were bad enough, but it was a little easier to take care of the situation. Now we have not only the physical and psychological bullying but now we have “cyber-bullying.”
I should mention that it is not just children and teenagers that get bullied; adults of all ages also experience intimidation and bullying both in ... Continue Reading →
Balancing the anger and sadness of an unfair loss can feel impossible, especially in the beginning. First, breathe and understand that this will pass even though it does not feel like it. Before going any further, if you are unsure, please get in touch so we can spend a few minutes on the phone to help get you back on track.
While it feels like no loss is ever “fair,” I think we can all agree that when a 99-year-old ... Continue Reading →
- Feeling depressed because of a recent loss (of life or of a relationship)?
- Does your grief feel unmanageable or like it will never go away?
- Are you pulling away from people that are trying to help?
- Do you feel like you are living in a dream that you cannot wake up from?
- Are you concerned about your child or children’s grief? Do you have parenting questions about grief?
Grief isn’t just about healing from a loss through death. We also grieve ... Continue Reading →
The written word can heal. If you’ve every written in a journal and found it helpful, then you’ve experienced the benefit of Cathartic Writing. A catharsis can be thought of as a healthy emotional release that helps you to heal from some kind of pain. It can be grief, trauma, fear, or any uncomfortable emotion. In this article you will find an emotional letter from a dog to his human; it’s a masterful example of how words can heal even ... Continue Reading →