My name is Mercedes Cusick, and I am a licensed trauma therapist specializing inEMDR. In this blog entry I want to talk today about DISSOCIATION.It is something that I come across a lot as a trauma therapist. I believe there is much confusion around what it is – so I’m hoping to help clarify it […]
Are you Avoidantly Attached in your relationships? If you are – this is most likely due to a parent that was either rejecting or emotionally unavailable. So as an adult you basically replicate this dynamic and are emotionally distant and rejecting in your relationships. Keeping people at arm’s length. You are likely to have difficulty […]
If you have a narcissist in your life it can be confusing and stressful. It is often difficult to navigate around their extreme emotions
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.
Narcissist abuse is intentional, calculating and can be extremely traumatic for the abused.
You may have heard about EMDR Therapy but still have a lot of questions about what it actually is…
Mental Health, PTSD, Recovery, Sobriety, Trauma
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]