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How People Can Tell You Have Low Self-Esteem

When you live with low self-esteem, you give off “that vibe.”  Other people can sense it, and this complicates your ability to bring into your life the good people who would actually help you develop good self-esteem. It’s a Catch-22: Feeling badly about yourself has the unfortunate effect of pushing those good people away, and …

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What is Emotional Sobriety?

When I first heard the term “emotional sobriety,” it scared me because it sounded like something I didn’t know how to do. But I knew in my bones I craved it. I had no issues with substance abuse. It was Childhood PTSD that was turning my life upside down, like that of an alcoholic or drug addict. I was exhausted all …

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The Brutal Reality of Codependent Relationships

Some people have a hard time thinking of anyone but themselves, and it costs them a lot of friends. Others are unwilling to think about themselves, and it costs them just about everything! Instead of having a healthy sense of their own strengths and weaknesses, codependent people are obsessed with what another person is thinking …

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Trauma Damages Your Perception of Others’ Feelings For You. Here’s How to Find CLARITY

Growing up with abuse and neglect can give you a habit – a pattern of behavior where, when something makes no sense and you feel confused by it, you PRETEND it’s perfectly clear. It’s understandable why anyone who is living in fear would do that; it’s self-protection, so people won’t get mad, so they won’t …

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CPTSD: The Number One Reason Your Past is Making You Miserable

I’ve learned so much from the community that’s gathered around my YouTube channel. I’ve noticed that comments are usually one of two kinds, and one of them is from people who still feel stuck in their early trauma. At it’s heart, Childhood PTSD is an injury to the ability to connect. From this injury, come …

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Managing CPTSD When the World is On Fire

When the world around you becomes unstable, there are two basic energies you can adopt.  For those who went through trauma as a child, it’s hard to avoid getting stuck in one of them. Self protection. As much as we need safety, inside and out — we also need growth. If you have Childhood PTSD …

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CPTSD: How to Keep Your Brain and Emotions Regulated in a Relationship

Just like other people, most of us who grew up with childhood trauma want to be, or are in, a loving partnership or marriage. My Dating and Relationships course talks about many of the obstacles we face when meet and form relationships with others. But ONE of the videos in that course is about BEING …

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The Crappy Childhood Fairy on ONE BROKEN MOM Podcast!

The other day I was the guest on Amee Quiriconi’s podcast ONE BROKEN MOM, which is focused on parenting, kids and the effects of trauma on how we manage it all. It was so fun talking with a fellow traveler, helping to get the word out about how we heal from Childhood PTSD! You can …

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CPTSD and Emotional Flashbacks

Most people are familiar with PTSD flashbacks — the kind we associate with combat veterans who are haunted by a war memory. With Chronic PTSD (CPTSD), we may have “emotional flashbacks” — mood states from childhood that are disconnected from present day events, though we don’t always know it.   If you’d like to learn …

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CPTSD and CLINGING: Try To Let Things COME TO YOU.

Childhood PTSD has often left us unconsciously anxious, and one sign is that we tend to grasp at things we do want, and cling despite the fact that these people, situations or places make us unhappy. In this video I talk about testing reality by letting go and allowing things to come to you. You …

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