This week sucked. It’s 90 degrees in Seattle. I’ve been in PTSD hell since April 20, and I fired the third therapist in a row who doesn’t have a fucking […]
Who knew? I’ve been in PTSD hell since last June due to never-ending bureaucratic bullshit that should never, ever happen. But, it does. Hopefully, this ended on Monday, 4/14/14 ~ […]
Abuse survivors are conditioned to dance to the narcissistic perpetrator’s tunes. The narcissist’s needs matter. Our needs don’t. Oh, hell to the NO! We can’t function properly if we don’t […]
After Kate cracked me open like an egg during our fourth session, she started helping me put the Humpty Dumpty pieces back together again during our fifth session. We often […]
Mt. St. Helens in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State blew up the same day as my marriage: May 18, 1980. My father passed away on Bastille Day, 2005. Bastille […]
Therapy is very much like excavating an archaeological site. We gently dig around in the dirt until we unearth buried treasure. As we continue with our healing process, we naturally jettison the junk: the unhealthy aspects of our personalities and lives. We take out the trash.
After we take out the trash, we need to fill up the empty spaces. Nature abhors a vacuum. So, we need to replace the junk. . .to showcase the treasures we unearth with our digging. . .we need to replace the negative with something positive and valuable.
In the midst of a PTSD episode, we often feel abject powerlessness. Everyone seems to have control of our destiny but us. How do we effectively ask for help. . […]
My first session with Kate was appropriately on Midsummer’s Eve: the day of women’s empowerment. I knew instantly that I was in the right place when she said her role […]
Therapy for Complex PTSD (multiple traumatic events) is more shot-in-the-dark than science. Mental health professionals don’t have viable treatment protocols for PTSD (one traumatic event), and most are totally clueless about treating Complex PTSD. Sadly, too many still think, for example, that EMDR is effective. It isn’t.
What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder was called “shell shocked” after World War I and “battle fatigue” after World War II. After the Vietnam War, it was further sanitized to “post traumatic stress disorder.” Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) is diagnosed after a person has experienced multiple life-threatening traumas.
Approximately 160 million people have PTSD.