Special Group: Finding Healing After Hurricane Harvey – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Grouop

The next Mindfulness in Nature Meetup group, which meets near Austin, Texas, is rapidly approaching. The next group will be held on September 9, 2017. Details can be found on the Meetup page.

From the Meetup Group….

As we all continue to witness the situation with Hurricane Harvey as it unfolds, many of us are feeling sadness, worry, […]

By |January 25th, 2018|Anxiety, Ecotherapy, Healing, Mindfulness, Nature, Nature therapy, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on Special Group: Finding Healing After Hurricane Harvey – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Grouop

If Winter Solstice Could Talk About Trauma

Today is the day the sun stands still. For a brief moment, it will stand still over the Tropic of Capricorn before returning back to the north toward the Tropic of Cancer. It has not been there since June 21st of this year, and it will not reach this latitude again until June 20th of […]

By |December 20th, 2015|Ecotherapy, Healing, Hypervigilance, Nature, Trauma, Winter solstice|Comments Off on If Winter Solstice Could Talk About Trauma

Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Adoption, Attachment, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Play, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Kids who have experienced trauma – adoption, foster care, neglect, abuse, significant loss – often have unique needs. Traditional parenting approaches don’t always work, requiring some creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Here is one such out-of-the-box idea: let the lives of wild animals help you out.

The lives of wild animals (and plants) are full of fascinating and interesting […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Adoption, Ecotherapy, Healing, Hypervigilance, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

Irritable. Withdrawn. Moody. Exhausted to the bone.

These are just a few of the signs you or someone you care about might be suffering from compassion fatigue or secondary or vicarious trauma. It’s a tough, lonely place to be, and because of the way trauma affects the brain, it can be hard for people to find […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Healing, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

Quincy and Buck by Camille Matthews

Ages: 5-7
“Quincy dreamed of trail riding. He wanted to feel the wind blowing in his mane and the sun warming his back….but riding in the desert is very different from riding in a corral. Anything could happen. When Quincy thought about this, he was too scared to go trail riding.”
This […]

By |August 17th, 2015|children's books, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

Do You Have a Child with Past Trauma Who Gets Really, Really MAD?! Check Out These 4 Children’s Books

Uh oh. Anger. This is such a difficult feeling for adults and kids alike. It can be powerful, uncomfortable, confusing, and frightening, especially for kids who have experienced trauma. It’s also a completely natural, normal feeling, and can even be helpful when managed in a healthy way. It provides energy and focus, which can allow […]

By |August 2nd, 2015|children's books, Healing, Parenting, Trauma|Comments Off on Do You Have a Child with Past Trauma Who Gets Really, Really MAD?! Check Out These 4 Children’s Books

Adoption Narratives: Insights into Adoption and Attachment Trauma

This Friday is National Attachment Trauma Awareness Day, which was created with the hope of helping families heal by shining a light on early attachment trauma. This blog post was written in honor of NATA Day.

Adoption is full of confusing, poignant, and ambiguous truths. Even under the best of circumstances, adoption comes with a certain […]

By |June 13th, 2015|Adoption, Trauma|Comments Off on Adoption Narratives: Insights into Adoption and Attachment Trauma

Healing through Connection to Nature

Every day, across the country, people sit inside therapists’ offices working hard to find relief from suffering of all kinds: abuses from childhood which won’t let go; losses and grief; vague, yet deeply painful, sadness, anger, loneliness. From within those walls, therapists work equally hard to understand the nature of their clients’ suffering and discern […]

By |May 31st, 2015|Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Healing through Connection to Nature

Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

Anyone who is regularly exposed to trauma and suffering is at risk of developing secondary trauma. First responders, humanitarian workers, and ministers are but a few examples of people who regularly bear witness to suffering and trauma and who are, thus, at risk.

First Things First: What exactly is trauma?

Anything that overwhelms a person’s ability to […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Adoption, Hypervigilance, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents