Survivor Book of the Month – February 21

Survivor Book of the Month A good self-help book can be an excellent way to kick start, continue or bolster a Survivor’s healing journey.  Every month I will bring to you a book that has helped my own recovery. The second book I offer up receives a great many accolades … Continue reading

The 4Fs: A Trauma Typology in Complex PTSD

The 4Fs: A Trauma Typology in Complex PTSD By Pete Walker, M.A. Psychotherapy (pete-walker.com) This paper describes a trauma typology for differentially diagnosing and treating Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This model elaborates four basic defensive structures that develop out of our instinctive Fight, Flight, Freeze and Fawn responses to … Continue reading

Anxiety In Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

Anxiety In Adult Survivors of Child Abuse: Spotting the Signs and What to Do About Them Survivors of childhood abuse experience a lot of different impediments to their continued state of well-being. Stress and anxiety are the most common long-term effects of childhood abuse, based on a study by the American Counseling … Continue reading

Part 2 – An Important Truth

Part 2 – An Important Truth What happens after these first memories or utterances come up? Little do us victims know as much as we try not to face it ourselves, the truth will eventually find its way out—often many more years later as we continue to wrestle it back … Continue reading

Phase orientated approaches to trauma

Phase orientated approaches to trauma Phase orientated approaches to trauma can help demystify the process of trauma therapy. In this vein they can help you feel as if you have some sense of knowledge, autonomy and control in the process of your therapy. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic … Continue reading

Jockey Daughter

Jockey Daughter My pen name is Tracey Cooper and I wrote the book, Jockey Daughter: I Do Not Have to Be Beaten to Cross the Finish Line. As readers, you may not believe this, but my siblings and I do not feel like “victims” because today we have such wonderful … Continue reading

Working Therapeutically with Trauma

Working therapeutically with trauma Trauma affects many people in unique and individual ways. You may be a survivor of sexual abuse, sustained violence, sexual violence or domestic abuse. You may be a survivor of trauma through the loss of a loved one in traumatic circumstances, you may have witnessed trauma … Continue reading

Trauma

Why Trauma Should Be Duly Diagnosed and Treated Trauma can be defined as the response to an extremely negative event. Sometimes, its effects can be immediately gleaned; at other times, symptoms can take much longer to manifest themselves. If you or a loved one has had to face a traumatic … Continue reading

Melancholy Boy

Melancholy Boy by Nigel Rickman Bay-windowed houses line the street Gardens tended, hedges neat. From one of those bays a Boy does stare At his World so safe,without a care. At the end of the street a black cloud does drift From kilns,belching smoke,when the men are on shift. He … Continue reading

Effects of child abuse and neglect for adult survivors

Effects of child abuse and neglect for adult survivors by Cathryn Hunter, Senior Research Officer with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Experiencing abuse and neglect in childhood can lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood. The purpose of this blog is to … Continue reading