Internal Family Systems: Panic at the Park- Discovering Trailheads to Heal Trauma

Internal Family Systems: Panic at the Park- Discovering Trailheads to Heal Trauma

Perched on a stone wall between Starbucks and a fancy purse boutique, I peer over my phone. The Hollywood Tower of Terror glows in the distance as determined parents push strollers filled with exhausted toddlers, bubble machines, and sippy cups. They can’t leave...
Five Ways to Heal Your Self-Esteem After Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Five Ways to Heal Your Self-Esteem After Leaving an Abusive Relationship

The aftermath of an abusive relationship can be a challenging time. You may feel like you’re not good enough, that you deserve the abuse, or that you’ll never be able to find someone else. It’s important to remember that none of these things are...
Going No Contact? Here’s the Letter You Need to Write

Going No Contact? Here’s the Letter You Need to Write

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash Congratulations! You’ve decided that you’re through being abused by a toxic parent, partner, or friend and are ready to go No Contact. Good for you! You’re taking a HUGE, healthy step! Your first urge? To explain why. You want to...
How to Keep a Friend – Managing Conflict

How to Keep a Friend – Managing Conflict

Conflict panics me. Okay? There…I said it. I am the first to run for cover at the smell of conflict. Why? Because childhood trauma taught me to confuse the two. To me, having a conflict with someone means trauma. And so…avoiding conflict becomes the goal...
5 Tips for When Trauma Makes You Clumsy

5 Tips for When Trauma Makes You Clumsy

This article was originally published on The Mighty, on March 24th, 2022 I am a champion face-planter. I am also highly skilled at tripping over nothing, walking into door frames, and tipping things over. This illustrious title hasn’t won me any medals, rather the...