Saturday, January 18, 2014

Transcending Trauma: A Women's Group

I'm pleased to announce that our new women's trauma treatment group, Transcending Trauma, will begin next month at The Banyan Tree Center in Athens, Georgia. This confidential group will take place weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm. New members are welcome to join at any time after a brief intake process.

Transcending Trauma will offer participants an opportunity to learn new skills and information about PTSD and psychological trauma as well as share in the support that only a women's group can provide. Together, we will follow a curriculum that has proven to help other women in similar situations, called Seeking Safety. I look forward to facilitating the group and will be sharing more articles about the symptoms of psychological trauma and how we can benefit from trauma treatment.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending this group, please give our intake coordinator a call at 706-850-7041. We understand that thinking about trying a group can be nerve-racking. That's why we're here to assist you in deciding if Transcending Trauma is right for you. The call is free and confidential.

May this winter's winds bring about some positive change for us all. Be well.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year: New You

What defines you? It's a great time to ask ourselves this potent question as we step into the beginning of a new year. Those of us who have been through a trauma or traumas sometimes feel that who we are is defined in a limiting way by what happened to us. We may have difficulty imagining a happy future- or a future at all.

Healing from trauma can feel daunting but it is possible. In facilitating groups in an emergency shelter, community outreach center, in jail, and in private practice, I've found that it can be easier to find what works for us in a group setting with the support of other women. For this reason, I will be offering a counseling group for women impacted by trauma at The Banyan Tree next month.

I want trauma survivors to know that you don't have to go it alone. Whether we choose to try out a group, pick up a book, reach out to a trusted friend or relative, or tune into a healing program, you can find support. We can turn trauma into growth and resilience. It does not define who we are. We are much bigger than that.

(Details of the counseling group will be posted as they are finalized.)