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From Victim To Survivor To Thriver

From Victim To Survivor To Thriver

We live in a world where being called a “victim” implies a connotation of weakness. “Don’t be a victim” is a phrase we hear all too often. But what if that is actually your experience? Victim is a term the legal system uses to identify someone who has been the...

Anorexia Nervosa in Males

Anorexia Nervosa in Males

Men can have anorexia, too.  Yup, you read that correctly. Unfortunately, an obvious stigma exists towards men who struggle with eating disorders, although these conditions can affect anyone when certain risk factors are in place.  As a society, we must recognize that...

Grief and Loss After Trauma

Grief and Loss After Trauma

Often when we think of grief and loss, we associate it with the loss of a loved one. The five stages of grief are not necessarily what one thinks of in response to a sexual trauma but often survivors will report going through the stages at some point. While the stages...

What Are Boundaries and Why Do We Need Them?

What Are Boundaries and Why Do We Need Them?

As a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, I often work with patients who struggle with setting and maintaining boundaries. Often when someone grows up in a violent or abusive home, they miss out on the opportunity to explore their likes,...

Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets Don’t Work

Recently, I asked a friend if she wanted to get some ice cream.   “I can’t,” she said. “I’m on a diet.”   A few years ago, when I was stuck in my own cycle of chronic dieting, I would have felt fear for giving in to this craving, and some shame that I didn’t have the...

What Happens in Trauma Therapy?

What Happens in Trauma Therapy?

In the last blog, we explored some of the effects people may experience after being exposed to trauma in childhood. When someone experiences trauma early on, they can miss out on learning important skills such as calming the nervous system and how to function in...

Bulimia Nervosa: Side Effects

Bulimia Nervosa: Side Effects

For someone who struggles with bulimia, using behaviors for emotional relief or to counteract weight gain can become habitual and all-consuming. When you’re deep in the cycle of bulimic behaviors, whether they include binging and self-induced vomiting, laxative or...

Everyday Sexism and Sexual Harassment

Everyday Sexism and Sexual Harassment

After watching Laura Bates “Everyday Sexism” Ted Talk, I felt inspired to write about sexual harassment. As a trauma therapist, I work a lot with people who have experienced sexual violence but often people brush over sexual harassment as if it’s a lesser issue. It is...

Sexual Violence- Not Just A Women’s Issue

Sexual Violence- Not Just A Women’s Issue

As we approach Sexual Assault Awareness month in April, I feel even more of a desire than usual to talk about sexual violence. One issues with sexual violence is that when we don’t talk about it, the cycle of guilt and shame for survivors continues. By...

Medications for Eating Disorders

Medications for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are the result of a multifaceted overlap of biological, psychological, and social factors.  While psychotherapy can help address the psychological and social aspects of such disorders, pharmacological treatment (i.e. medication) can be...

What is Bulimia?

What is Bulimia?

A Misunderstood DiagnosisI remember learning about bulimia in high school, and holding onto this image of a White female teenager who would run to the bathroom and make herself throw up after eating lunch in the cafeteria.  While this can be a specific...

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