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

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,

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 Withdrawn.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

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

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

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