Posts tagged trauma

From Frozen To Free- Recovering from Sexual Abuse

From Frozen To Free- Recovering from Sexual Abuse

It took me a very long time to speak the words, “I was sexually abused.” It took me an even longer time to believe it. And what took so much longer than I ever could have predicted was to believe that I was sexually abused…and it wasn’t my fault. I had heard this dozens and […]

Discover the Power of Hope

Discover the Power of Hope

When I was just five years old, I was kidnapped and forced to live a life burdened with cruel and bizarre physical and emotional abuse. My will to survive, inspired by an invisible hope, helped me fight the demons and stay alive as I endured haunting experiences. Mine is a story of forbidden secrets driven […]

Breaking the Stigma

Breaking the Stigma

Unfortunately, even in the advanced year of 2015 there are still stigmas and stereotypes around counseling, or seeing a therapist. However, attending therapy isn’t reserved for those with a “diagnosis.” On both a personal and professional level, I can attest to therapy as proven useful for those working on adjusting to or preparing for life […]

Beauty In Brokenness Revisited- Sex Trafficking

Beauty In Brokenness Revisited- Sex Trafficking

After a wonderful day with my daughter, shopping and preparing for her June wedding, I returned to a piece of art I have been processing for quite a while. What a contrast in my day – going from great joy over a new marriage to great sorrow for the women and children who are trapped […]

What to Do When Feeling Blue- 33 Suggestions for Mild Depression

What to Do When Feeling Blue- 33 Suggestions for Mild Depression

Having grown up with a mentally ill parent, observing domestic violence and experiencing abuse, I struggled at various seasons of my life with depression. Trying to understand my family of origin and myself better, I decided to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy. I am happy to share that my days of feeling […]

Through the Haze- The Scars of PTSD

Through the Haze- The Scars of PTSD

Eleven Years. Eleven years as a medic in the field done and I still do not know clear skies. It’s been, roughly, a year since I retired. I’ve seen the worst of the World, I’ve taken bullets, knives and machete to my flesh. I’ve watched my friends lose their lives at my heel, I’ve felt […]

PTSD Symptoms- Trigger

PTSD Symptoms- Trigger

I completed this piece after a late night flashback night-terror from my time deployed. I’ve found that recognizing what happens to our bodies during and after flashbacks is important for our struggle. Just putting our struggle to paper, be it in writing or art, is so important.

Self Harm Alternative

Self Harm Alternative

Life with PTSD is complicated for a 24 year old girl. No, I’m not a combat vet. But thanks to a psychopath “boyfriend”, I’ve been through a little bit of everything. Kidnapping, assault, rapes, brainwashing, attempted murder. He made me cut myself and forced me to do drugs. Hurt me lots. Ribs out of place, […]

Haiti: The Aftermath- A Traumatic Flashback

Haiti: The Aftermath- A Traumatic Flashback

I’m comfortable, wrapped in a cocoon of fine linen and soft surroundings but it’s real. I could smell the blood in the air, taste pennies and feel the aches of impacts throughout my body. I could hear echoes off the thick metal walls and feel heat radiating all around me like the refraction from a […]

No Regret- A Poem

No Regret- A Poem

I look back into the past And wonder where it’s gone Only to find separateness From what I’ve gone beyond Majestic growth, mystical The tides have turned the sea And I have faced reality Not what I thought should be Fantasy girl so withheld Provision to be tamed Didn’t know what I know now Thus […]