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Breathless in Unsettle

Breathless in Unsettle

Trauma, toxic stress, or history of adversity routinely positions the body and brain to be “triggered.” That is, the “now” moment is being interrupted by the “then” moment, or moments. The inability or the limited range for the individual to make the distinction...

Loving Them Is Not Enough Review

Loving Them Is Not Enough Review

I recently watched Loving Them Is Not Enough, a three part video series led by Crystal Krueger, LMFT, CCTS-F that is aimed at helping foster parents to care for children that have been through trauma. While this series may have been designed for foster parents though,...

Creating A Relaxing Environment At Home

Creating A Relaxing Environment At Home

Creating A Relaxing Environment At Home The world is a hard place to live in these days. Your home should be your sanctuary from the world, but it can be hard to make it feel that way when you are struggling to deal with your own mental health and trauma. However,...

Gratitude: Life Tool, not Life Rule

Gratitude: Life Tool, not Life Rule

This weekend I went to my 20th high school reunion. While chatting I observed 2 very obviously close friends, who hadn't seen each other in a long time, engage in a very tragic and beautiful argument. It was heated, with tears, and pointed fingers. Their passion was...

Is It Ever Easy?

Is parenting hard? I mean, is it hard work? My experience has taught me to not overlook the obvious question; and intentionally ignoring it does not make it go away. Here is the truth about parenting. Every child is worthwhile and every child comes with hard parts. It...

When Anxiety Continues After Baby is Home from the NICU

When Anxiety Continues After Baby is Home from the NICU

Experiencing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Having a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be scary for many parents.  Seeing your child hooked up to monitors, IVs and leads, not knowing what is going to happen to your baby or how you can help,...

What Is Forward-Facing® Anyway?

What Is Forward-Facing® Anyway?

What comes up when you hear the term “Forward-Facing®”? A quick Google search shows us that the most common perception of “forward-facing” is an option for installing a car seat.  But Forward-Facing® is different; it is both a concept and a way of life that is...

DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients

DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients

Dejaye Botkin is joining our team at Arizona Trauma Institute and Trauma Institute International teaching a course called DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients. Over the past 20 years working in the field of co-occurring disorders, Dejaye has recognized...

ATTACh calls for more access to therapy at 31st Annual Conference

ATTACh calls for more access to therapy at 31st Annual Conference Event Addresses Gap in Service for child trauma and attachment disorders The Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) will host the 31st Annual ATTACh Conference on October...

Stop Leaning, Start Rowing

Stop Leaning, Start Rowing

Speaking the truth in love sometimes means saying nothing. In other words, let your actions do the talking, and learn to learn from those who acted before you. The experiences that come from making your own discovery go much further in remapping your brain and...

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks Parenting in general is a practice of humility. The family benefits most when the parent or parents remember the message does not originate with them, but emanates from an elevated source. If parents believe it is up...

Resilience: Just what is needed?

Resilience: Just what is needed?

In this era of toxic stress, trauma, and over-worked threat response systems what do you imagine is most needed? Here’s my argument for resilience, and by this I don’t mean makeovers and body augmentations. No image managing here. So, what is resilience? Resilience is...

Change Isn’t Enough, I Must Mature

Change Isn’t Enough, I Must Mature

Don’t ask what you want from life. Ask what life wants from you (Viktor Frankl). There are several areas of life that one can grow and mature, but one that is often ignored is perceptual maturation. Long before I’m aware of others, I’m aware of me. How I perceive me...

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause

Prostitution - Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause By: Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, LPC, LSOTP, CH I recently received a couple of emails from colleagues that bothered me down to my core. One was from a polygrapher who has polygraphed my sex offender...

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