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

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 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

On Being Stalked by a Mountain Lion

On a recent hike in mountain lion country, I came across a sign which informed me, among other things, that I should not show fear if approached by a mountain lion. Seriously? Who could think so logically, I thought, when faced with such a threat?

I started to think more about this sign and about mountain lions […]

By |May 4th, 2015|Hypervigilance, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on On Being Stalked by a Mountain Lion