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Are you ‘demons’ preventing you from being in the present moment?

Recently, I read a quote that said, “You wake up to fight the same demons that left you so exhausted the day before. That’s bravery!” I felt inspired by that and thought.. Jeez, I wonder how many other people believe fighting our ‘demons’ is brave work. Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard people refer to […]

Option B: How best to handle greif

Have you gone through a difficult time recently & are still feeling stuck in it? Perhaps the loss of a job, divorce, car accident, etc? Are you struggling with accepting that your life is not the way that you want it to be? Sheryl Sandberg, author “Option B” and COO of Facebook, can identify- She […]

By |August 27th, 2019|12 step program, Abuse, Addict, and Recovery|0 Comments

The Power of Apology

“I’m sorry,”  we say as we offer an apology. “I’m sorry” we make our children say when they do something wrong. “I’m sorry,” nations say to make amends for history.  But how do you make an apology that matters?

“Don’t say it unless you mean it” is often the response to an offhand apology. When you […]

By |February 1st, 2019|Abuse, anger, hurt, relationships|0 Comments

How Childhood Trauma Effects the Brain

Experiencing trauma
It is our experiences in life that shape who we are and how we see the world.    Everything that we believe about ourselves, about others, and about the world in general is learned through our personal experiences.  It is therefore not surprising that experiencing chronic trauma during childhood leaves deep marks.  The effects of […]

By |December 7th, 2018|Abuse, childhood, children|0 Comments

Self Empowerment: An Achievable Goal

Clients sometimes make comments like, “How do I empower myself? I don’t even know how to go about healing. How do I start?” Self-empowerment is a path towards setting goals and strengthening and developing oneself. It requires taking personal responsibility and having a belief in an internal locus of control where one has the power […]

The Craving Mind and overcoming it with mindfulness

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an adjunct professor at Yale University, a longtime meditator and has written a book called The Craving Mind. His research has shown him what leads to people […]

Domestic Violence

It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a relationship that’s unhealthy or dysfunctional, as opposed to a relationship that’s abusive.  Unfortunately, many people misinterpret signs and symptoms of domestic violence, or or turn away with the belief that “it’s none of my business”.  Domestic violence is serious and sometimes fatal, and it’s something we […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Abuse|0 Comments

Hidden Scars – The Psychological Maltreatment of Children

I think that most often, when people think of abuse, they generally think of physical battering.  They imagine scars, bruises, scratches, and perhaps broken bones.  There are negative impacts resulting from physical abuse that last longer than the physical wounds.  However what gets lost in the discussion of abuse is that of emotional neglect and […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Abuse|0 Comments

The Holiday Blues

Many of us think of the “holidays” as time for family, friends, fun, and laughter.  The summer holidays are especially great times to barbeque, attend parades, and watch fireworks.  However, holidays are not always fun and happy occasions – and some refer to this as the “holiday blues”.

For people who have survived a family trauma […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Abuse|0 Comments

Imagined Reality vs Reality

We all react to our “imagined reality” of a situation, not the “reality” of it. Imagined reality is our perception of something. If you think that people are thinking negatively about you, you react as if they are in fact thinking negatively about you. This is your “imagined reality.” Of course, unless your name is […]