Military Trauma Defused with Laughter: A Path to Post Traumatic Growth

Written by: Joelle Rabow Maletis, MAED, MA, LMFT & Nick Watkins, MA, LMFT Edited by: Hadley McKinnon   During Nick Watkins’ therapy session with Afghanistan Veteran “Alpha Client” (AC)*, AC mentioned how they were swapping stories with their father (Vietnam Veteran) and son (Afghanistan veteran) about their respective combat zones. Like most combat veterans do, […]

How to Control Road Rage

As COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more prevalent and life is returning to normal, more people will be driving on the road. We want to take this opportunity to minimize the likelihood of individuals being overwhelmed with emotions while driving.  First, recognize that driving can be stressful and that other drivers can heighten our emotions. Try […]

How To Cope With Change

Change is natural to life, and it is inevitable as this summer ends and fall is approaching. For some, school is restarting. For others, we might be starting a new job, moving to a different city or experiencing the loss of a loved one. Whether you are a parent, law enforcement officer, veteran, student or […]

Even Olympians Struggle With Their Mental Health

Simone Biles, of the United States, waits for her turn to perform during the artistic gymnastics women’s final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)   The 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games has shed light on a topic that is largely unspoken of in the athletic world: mental health. […]

When Trauma Takes Over – STOP and GO; Regain Control

Relationship safety is vital to our survival, and when we don’t have it, we feel abandoned and left traumatized. Our brain and protective flight-fight-freeze defense system is a fine-tuned machine.  Our nervous system helps protect us by triggering the brain to recognize unsafe relationships quickly. Usually, this happens subconsciously, driving our survival instinct. With trauma, […]