Crossroads Counselor Christina Westbrook uses a therapy called EMDR when she works with clients, which helps people heal from emotional distress due to disturbing life experiences. We often assume that particularly severe emotional pain must require a long time to heal. EMDR … [Read more...] about EMDR Offers Hope for Victims of Trauma
What is trauma? When most people think of trauma, they think of things like natural disasters, witnessing or experiencing violence, or the experiences of soldiers in combat, and they would certainly be right. However, trauma can also occur from less obvious experiences, such as … [Read more...] about 3 Signs of Unresolved Trauma: Is This You?
I think it starts to occur around kindergarten. When mom turns off the TV for bedtime the united cry is, “it's not fair.” When our little ones come home from school and share their woes of not getting to play the position that they wanted in P.E., we hear another resounding, … [Read more...] about Life’s Not Fair
My oldest daughter was at one time a voracious reader. She was never without a book, even taking them on family walks and trusting that she wouldn't run into anything as she walked and read. She had a peculiar habit of starting each book with the LAST chapter before she turned to … [Read more...] about A Gift to Get Excited About!
With the recent death of a beloved, brilliantly talented actor, the daily news and many websites have been awash with talk about suicide. It is a painful, complex, and difficult subject. As a psychiatric nurse and professional counselor, I’ve cared for actively suicidal patients, … [Read more...] about Suicide: When Should I Be Worried?
In gathering your summer reading, I’m guessing few of you said, "Hey! I think I’d like to read some Puritan literature! What a fun bunch of guys!” Nope. Most of us get a little itchy when the Puritans are mentioned. Images of mandatory American Literature classes and dour-faced … [Read more...] about The Treasure of Contentment