I Simply Made an Appointment. How Did I End Up Here!

Yesterday I was cleaning out my office and came across my datebook calendar from 2010. I am such a pack rat! As I flipped through the calendar seeing if there was any contact information I may still need, I saw it there: My first appointment with Dr. P! How simply and innocently written. “Dr. P …

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Any survivors from the 1990’s Out There?

I have been going through the book (hoping to put together a bibliography) on sexual assault by providers. I was really struck by that there was an organized effort to resist the exploitation that was happening then. In a book I am reading now from 1990 there are 10 listed survivor groups in the Appendix. …

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The Powerful Voices Project

I want to let people know about The Powerful Voices Project, an organization run by Becky Fein, whom I met locally several months ago. The mission of the Powerful Voices Project is “to educate, empower, and enhance the conversation around sexual assault and its survivors.” For the past few years, Becky has been filming short …

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Resource for Healing – Dr. Lisa Cooney

I want to let readers know about a possible resource for healing: Dr. Lisa Cooney. Dr. Lisa is a therapist and healing arts practitioner who works with victims of sexual abuse, primarily childhood sexual abuse. Despite being an MFT, she works with people in generally non-traditional ways, both in person in the San Francisco Bay …

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Resource: “First Aid for the Soul after Heartbreak” by Sandra Lee Dennis, PhD

In my last post I shared an article from Sandra Lee Dennis, PhD on forgiveness. Sandra’s got some great information on trauma and betrayal on her website SandraLeeDennis.com – Finding Heart in the Dark, including two free eBooks: 13 Signposts of Betrayal and First Aid for the Soul after Heartbreak. I found them both very …

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An Article from Sandra Lee Dennis on Forgiveness

Just wanted to share this great article by Sandra Lee Dennis on forgiveness. For a long time it was my intention to write a blog post about forgiveness, which I would cheekily call “The F Word,” but I never got around to it. Now I feel kind of thankful that other people are writing similar …

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“Hurry Up and Heal” – An article from Feministing.com

I want to share this great article from Feministing.com called “Hurry Up and Heal”: Pain, Productivity and the Inadequacy of ‘Victim vs. Survivor’ by Dana Bolger. I think many of us can relate to this! “Hurry Up and Heal”: Pain, Productivity and the Inadequacy of ‘Victim vs. Survivor’ Afterward, my friend said to me, “Stop …

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Questions to Ask a Prospective Therapist

Looking for a good psychotherapist can feel like a big hassle. The impulse to just go with the first person you meet and avoid having to look any further can be strong, but unless you find someone right off the bat who feels like the perfect fit, it’s best to do some shopping. For a …

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Study Shows Traumatic Stress Linked to Biological Indicator

I read an interesting article today on SF Gate. A study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs looked at biological stress indicators of police academy recruits before and after traumatic events and discovered a connection between waking cortisol levels and more stressful reactions to trauma: The study …

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