Mother’s Day—Tearful, Tough, or Tender

Mother’s Day—Tearful, Tough, or Tender

    Is Mother’s Day happy or painful for you? For me, it’s bittersweet because I lost my mom when I was 18. It took me years to grieve her loss. But nowadays I don’t get stuck in the sadness because there are too many other things to be...
How To Ask For Help

How To Ask For Help

“I’ll be there next week,” she said.   I felt the familiar sense of agitation creep in.   A person that I have a long history with is telling me something but not really telling me what she wants or needs. I find myself trying to read into it, hoping to fill...
EMDR For Sexual Abuse Survivors

EMDR For Sexual Abuse Survivors

  Yesterday an acquaintance on social media sent me a private message. She had a question about a type of trauma treatment called EMDR. If you don’t know what EMDR is, check out this video. It looks woo-woo, but it is actually a powerful tool that many...
Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline when I saw Susie Davis’s photo of a young girl along with comments encouraging young women to be kind to themselves. Was it the girl’s innocence? Her ginger smile hidden behind her hand? The more I thought about...