What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation and brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt themselves, and ultimately their sense of perception, identity, and self-worth.

Unresolved Trauma and Addiction: Why I Became a Trauma Informed Therapist

I realized early on in my career when clients were not willing to deal with their trauma, the relapse rate was extraordinarily high. The main reason that I became a trauma-informed addiction therapist is because addiction is so often a response to past trauma. In my opinion, you cannot effectively treat the addiction piece without […]

Toxic Relationships: Are you Turning Red Flags Green?

It is so easy to get distracted in the honeymoon period of a new relationship; those first few months people are typically on their best behavior.  However, over time people show us who they are and it’s our job to listen.  In the excitement of a new relationship we want to only see their good […]

Staying Sober During the Pandemic

For me, it has been disheartening to witness the relapse rate during this pandemic.  In just a few weeks, COVID-19 completely changed the landscape of 12-step meetings and recovery support networks.  Isolation, stress and fear have been some of the major reasons why people are struggling to maintain their sobriety. Being able to interact with […]

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

As a trauma therapist, knowing my client’s ACE score directly impact my course of treatment with them.  Learning about adverse childhood experience has been revolutionary as a mental health professional.  Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains that how repeated stress of abuse, neglect […]

Thank You for Joining Me…

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who understands addiction and trauma, both personally and professionally.I am extremely passionate about helping people who suffer from addiction, trauma or anything that is blocking them from living a meaningful life with purpose.That is why I started this blog, to share my thoughts, helpful tips, ideas and […]

5 Powerful Grounding Techniques

These are some of my preferred trauma-informed grounding techniques that I use with clients.  These utilize mental distractions to help redirect your thoughts away from distressed feelings and back to being in the present.  Which one is your favorite? Try the 5-4-3-2-1 method-Acknowledge 5 things you see around you, Acknowledge 4 things you can touch around you, […]