The Healing Power of Horse Therapy for Trauma Survivors (Part 1 of 2)
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by Morrene Hauser
2d ago
  *Warning. This article contains references to childhood sexual abuse I grew up a crazy obsessed horse lover. From how they smelled to their warm and velvety noses to their kind and soulful eyes, I couldn’t get enough of these magnificent creatures. My mom had a small barn full of horses by the time I was born, so the love of horses was ingrained in me from an early age. My mother often rode on our property when she was still married to my father, her second husband. Each time I saw Mom on the back of a horse when I was a toddler, I would scream and scream until she would pick me up, put ..read more
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Creating a Safe Haven: Building Workplace Support Systems for Trauma Survivors Creating a Safe Haven
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by Cyndi Bennett
3d ago
Building a support system in the workplace is crucial for trauma survivors as it can provide the understanding, validation, and connection needed for healing and recovery. The challenge that many trauma survivors face is connected to the relational nature of their trauma. When you’ve been hurt or abused by the people who were supposed to protect you as a child, it makes it difficult to trust people in general. In her book, The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook, Dr. Arielle Schwartz talks about the concept of “Relating,” which is critical for healing trauma. She says: “One of the most profound w ..read more
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Restoring My Spirituality After Years of Religious Abuse
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by Natalie Rose
5d ago
As a trauma survivor with nowhere to turn, I did what so many desperate and lonely do: I sought Jesus.  Having grown up in Texas, Christianity was the only belief system I knew, so I found the dusty Bible in the back of my closet and opened it. I was soon filled with a deep love for my faith and started researching more and more about my God. I found a profound sense of hope in believing that there was more to life than the suffering I knew and that there was a better world awaiting me.  I went to college in a state that was far from my hometown and where I had no family. Finding tha ..read more
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The Importance of Role-Models for Survivors of Abuse
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by Elizabeth Woods
6d ago
My name is Elizabeth, and I am a survivor of sexual abuse and trauma. I endured things, terrible things when I was growing up. I was just a young sprout, but my lack of years and stature failed to tell everyone what I had already lived through and seen with my young eyes. The truth is that my parents and their friends hurt me in the most profound of ways. No one can ever make that hurt right because it happened to me and imprinted a scar so deep it is part of the essence of who I am. The abuse made me different because I had to try to survive in an environment no child should ever have to be e ..read more
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Shattered: A Bestie Story of Love & Friendship
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by Jennifer Kindera
1w ago
The strong, sickly sweet smell of lilies never fails to riot my belly. When I breathe them in, I am transported back to your service, and scores of memories tear a path from my heart to my brain. Even now, I miss you with a fierceness that makes me want to jump into the afterlife and beat the crap out of you for leaving Rational? No. No, but if there is one thing I’ve learned, grief isn’t rational or delicate. It’s snot-slinging, messy, headache and heartache, forgetting to eat, not caring about anything through a painful moment of years that binds trauma and emotions to… well, everything. Whe ..read more
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Triumph Together: Building Your Anxiety-Busting Tribe
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by Cyndi Bennett
1w ago
I have been focusing on anxiety and panic attacks this month because they are so prevalent and disruptive in the workplace. For trauma survivors, fear and anxiety over the unpredictable nature of trauma triggers is a daily occurrence. Often, what happens is that we start feeling anxious over not knowing when we will be triggered at work. Then we become anxious about feeling anxious, all the while questioning our ability to handle it before it turns into a full-blown panic attack. The more we focus on our anxiety, the worse it becomes. Have you ever wondered why that is? I believe it is because ..read more
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Mom Plays Whistleblower: An Unconventional Advocacy Outline
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by Gabrielle Lynch
1w ago
A darkened heart still pumps on Feminist vigilante movie trailers play on as viewers wonder which actress often typecast as the wife will now get her chance for more. They can, at last, play the scorned woman out to kill a predator. This female lead fights outside of a leather-clad male gaze; she wars like an ambassador for the oppressed. A darkened heart still pumps on. Mothers whose children suffer abuse are forced to choose the severity of their story. Some seize the circumstances compared to others who idle until it might die down. I came home every day of tech week for a sophomore-year p ..read more
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We Are But Storytellers… In a World of Pretending
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by Jesse Donahue
1w ago
By Jesse B. Donahue 2020 © For one to pretend… it is what we do. We make things up, make-believe, and make real our pretense of childhood games and the adult world of games around us. I can be a king on a mortal throne of my desired design, for I expose from my imagination a story of what I see or have seen and dream my way into being the character that captures my fancy, but it does catch my fancy, therefore, why I play the game. It is the alluring power of the leader or the visual seduction of the exotic temptress; we fit design to wish fulfillment and step into the realm of our creation. T ..read more
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Completing the Stress Cycle: The Key to True Healing
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by Roseanne Reilly
1w ago
In our journey to overcome chronic stress and trauma, many of us have a strong desire to “break the cycle.” But here’s the vital piece of information that often gets overlooked: to break the cycle, we need to begin completing the many incomplete stress cycles trapped within our sensitized nervous system that keep us vigilant and easily triggered and stuck in patterns of anxiety, fear, and emotional turmoil. The Importance of Completing Stress Cycles Our bodies are equipped with a natural mechanism called the stress response cycle. When we encounter a stressor, our body prepares to fight, flee ..read more
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How Our Emotional and Relational Trauma Creates Clutter
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by Tonia Cordi
1w ago
Not knowing or fully understanding what’s behind all the mess can be scary Life clutter shows up in many ways aside from our physical spaces. It’s a puzzle with many pieces that include unfinished to-do lists, unresolved emotions, clutter in our minds with repetitive and intrusive thoughts, and the buildup of unresolved issues with family, friends, and partners, to name a few… It’s an element of our life that isn’t being dealt with, and it then accumulates. Unfortunately, for many of us, things need to get really bad before we feel motivated to do anything. It doesn’t have to be this way. Not ..read more
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