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How EMDR Aids Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

The healing steps towards complex post-traumatic stress disorder recovery can be varied and many. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is an increasingly common psychological disorder. Often, treatment for complex PTSD may involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and other forms of therapy, including: Dialectical behavior therapy Exposure therapy Psychodynamic therapy Internal family systems therapy…

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PTSD: Recognize the Signs and Learn How to Overcome I...

Symptoms of traumatic stress and PTSD can often creep up gradually over time. We may not recognize them as signs of PTSD. We may try to stay strong for family or friends. Or numb the pain. What is Trauma? When we undergo something negative, our brains make an adaptive connection to explanatory information to help…

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Learning to Live With a Chronic Illness and Your R...

If you live with a chronic illness, or if you were suddenly and permanently disabled, you’re not alone. Chronic illness and permanent disabilities are a fact of life for millions of people. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is also one of the hardest: accept that things are forever changed.…

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Understanding Unresolved Grief: What is It? What are ...

The 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Ike hitting Galveston and Houston in 2008, or the repeated wildfire blazes in California – all examples of devastating events that cost a lot of lives and caused massive loss and grief for many. In today’s world, there are more things aside from old-age that…

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Childhood Emotional Neglect or Trauma: You Can Overco...

You’re an adult. But deep down inside you carry with you a hurt that seems to be etched into your mind and heart. All too often, you feel hollow and empty within, as if something is missing, but you have no idea what. And at times, rejection hits you so hard that you feel like…

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When Grief Won’t Let Go, Grief Counseling Can Pull ...

In 2015, more than 23,000 people died in the city of Houston alone – leaving a vastly greater number of people grieving their loss. While it isn’t the only cause of grief, death is the chief one. The more significant the loss – someone especially close to you – the more intense the grief will…

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Living with Your Spouse’s PTSD: 4 Ways to Cope

With political campaigning in full swing, we’re hearing phrases like “taking care of our vets and their families, who have sacrificed so much.” But for those who are family members of someone who is, or has been, in the service, these are more than just political buzzwords. It is a fact of everyday life. And…

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More than Depression: Understanding Shame Based Depre...

There are many symptoms of depression and each individual may manifest different symptoms, or related symptoms, in different ways. Some people, however, check off all the markers for depression yet have not been helped by a variety of treatments and therapies for depression. In these cases, it may be something more. It might be shame based depression.…

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4 Steps to Recovering from Trauma

Recovery from trauma can happen for you. No matter whether your traumatic experience occurred during childhood or just recently, you can and deserve to heal and move forward. Trauma? Me? Many people are unsure if “trauma” applies to their own experience, since we often associate the word with traumatic events such as war, horrific accidents,…

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Coping with Emotional Pain without Using Food or Comp...

Tara is a sensitive person. She finds herself taking on the emotional experiences of others; she can’t stand to see anyone in pain. Tara feels scared, small, and overwhelmed when problems arise, and she turns to food to stop the emotional flood. After eating, Tara doesn’t feel better for long. Compulsive Behaviors Help You Soothe…

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Lessons in Resilience

Life throws curve balls. A person loses a job.  A relationship ends.  Someone dies.  The question is, “Now what?”  How do I deal with this loss?  Can I get back on my feet again?  What can I do to grieve and recover?  Resilience counseling in Houston can help. In “3 Things,” song-writer Jason Mraz gives us…

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Support for Coping with Infertility

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Carolyn Clansy Miller for Blog Talk Radio on how to cope with infertility. Infertility is an important topic as many people aren’t aware of the extent the pain of infertility can bring. Coping with infertility can be a daily struggle as the dream of having a family is threatened. I thought…

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Resources for Coping with Infertility

Going through infertility can be a devastating, confusing, frustrating and lonely experience. Understanding more about your options can help you feel more in control of a situation out of your control and help prepare you for decisions you may be faced with. You may make choices to build your family in different ways than you ever imagined.…


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