What Does Self-Forgiveness Actually Look Like?

Knowing how to forgive yourself can be one of the greatest gifts you offer yourself in this lifetime. However, it's much easier said than done, especially if you struggle with your self-esteem or feel toxic shame over your past mistakes. The good news is that you can learn to strengthen your self-forgiveness skills. The more you commit to practicing kindness...[ read more ]

Is Old Trauma Affecting You More Than You Realize?

Traumatic events can fundamentally impact how safe you feel in the world. When you endure a trauma, both your body and mind store what happened. Even if you feel like you've moved on, your past may have more of a hold over you than you realize, and this can affect you in both insidious and profound ways. Here are some...[ read more ]

Here’s How Secondary Trauma Affects Your Emotional Well-Being

Secondary traumatic stress refers to the emotional distress and turmoil that occurs from indirect exposure to trauma. People with secondary trauma often exhibit similar symptoms to those who have experienced trauma directly. Caregivers and professionals working in trauma-exposed fields (first responders, therapists, clinical social workers, emergency nurses) are particularly susceptible to secondary traumatization. However, regardless of your profession, knowing the...[ read more ]

Empathy Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Do you feel like you have nothing left to give? Does it seem like the world is swallowing you whole or that it's just one traumatic experience after another? As we round the corner and finish up 2022, many of us are still struggling with our mental health. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that the COVID-19...[ read more ]

Trauma Denial: What Is It and How Can You Work Through It?

Around 50-60% of all people experience trauma at some point during their lives. Trauma can significantly disrupt your life and affect your emotional well-being. In addition, it's a precursor for numerous mental health issues like substance use, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. That said, people process trauma differently. Where some may experience their emotions intensely, others might feel numb to them....[ read more ]

What Is Collective Trauma? 

We all felt something when the COVID-19 pandemic first made headway in 2020. In the subsequent months, people oscillated between fear, anger, denial, sadness, and anxiety. These emotions seemingly affected everyone around the planet- there was a sense of a universal shared experience amid the chaos. This phenomenon is known as collective trauma, and this kind of trauma isn't easily understood. Furthermore,...[ read more ]

Are You Struggling With These Lesser-Known Trauma Symptoms?

Research shows that 70% of Americans have endured at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Trauma can impact your physical and emotional health. It can also affect your self-esteem, relationships, and sense of safety in the world. But while some reactions are apparent, it's just as important to recognize some of the subtle, lesser-known trauma symptoms. Let's get into...[ read more ]

How Do You Model Secure Attachment In Your Relationships?

Attachment is one of the buzzwords of the decade, and for a good reason. In simple terms, attachment refers to the emotional bond between two people, and it also entails how safe and understood we feel in the world. Research shows that attachment bonds first form in infancy. At this time, children rely on their caregivers to meet their every...[ read more ]

7 Key Signs You’re Struggling With Attachment Trauma From Childhood

Attachment has been a trending buzzword in recent years, but what exactly does it mean, and why is it so important?  In a simple definition, secure attachment refers to feeling safe, understood, and connected with oneself and others. Research shows that the first attachment trends emerge in childhood- in fact, you can observe such interactions when watching babies with their...[ read more ]

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