Tag: loss

The secrets in our silences

I began reading the book History Beyond Trauma by Françoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudillière during a turbulent time in my life — when deaths, losses, and uncertainties continually piled up. Despite my best efforts to remain optimistic and push forward with life as planned, traumatic stress was threatening to be more than a subject I …

Taking that leap of faith

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One of my teachers at Pacifica Graduate Institute called psychotherapy “the hope manufacturing business.” And frankly, if my first meetings with a therapist left me feeling dejected, I’d likely think that person was pretty lousy at her or his job. Psychotherapy is time-consuming, expensive, and shines a spotlight on the painful stuff we have difficulty getting over …

Grief following natural disasters

Since 1975, natural disasters increased by 430%. Yet percentages may mean little to those who lose loved ones, homes, communities, and livelihoods when monster storms like Hurricane Harvey floods Houston, my childhood home, or Irma flattens parts of the Caribbean and quickly approaches Florida as I update this post. Thank goodness for people and organizations …