Childhood Sexual Abuse: You Can Overcome

Anything that is “wrong” with you began as a survival mechanism in childhood. Dr. Gabor Maté Being sexually abused as a child, particularly when it’s by a trusted adult, can have devastating consequences that ripple across all areas of a person’s life. The connection...

Sexual Abuse: I believe you

Sexual abuse is common, more common than you think. Recent research shows that one half of women have been sexually abused or assaulted. Why do people not understand that this number is so high? Because people who have been abused or assaulted don’t talk about...

Grief Comes in Waves: 10 Healing Rituals

“Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing, sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” -Viki Harrison Grief and loss is one of the most common and human experiences that there is....

5 Tips to Help Your Teen Thrive

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands”. – Anne Frank It is such a common experience for parents to speak of how challenging their children’s teenage years...

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

A diagnosis is just a label – it doesn’t define you Ever wonder about how true the statement “You are what you eat” is? It kind of implies if we eat what’s good, we’re good, and if we eat what’s bad for us, we’re bad. It also implies there’s a good way and bad...

They Rescued Each Other

Recently, Michael O’Keefe from Consumer Advocates contacted me with an article on service dogs for veterans and asked that we publish it on our blog. I don’t often respond to such requests, but this one was especially impactful and I am happy to publish excerpts here....

“I Just Want Someone to Love Me”

Note: This is a composite, not an actual person “Dear Diary, Sometimes I feel so good, like when I saw D. today. Immediately, I felt high, like the colors in the room got brighter. Would it be crazy to say, “I love him”? I get it. I mean I hardly know him, but...