Greeting All Feelings As Friends: Navigating the Gradients of Our Emotions
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
Emotions are always out there waiting in the wings to visit us, whether we are ready or willing. You may be astonished at how many emotional states there are, and how regularly they visit us. Research shows that we typically experience 35 to 50 emotions as we go through each day. We humans are capable of experiencing hundreds of different emotions and they cross a wide spectrum, from the exhilarating to the exhausting, and from the beautiful to the absolutely ugly. That’s a lot of feelings, and sometimes they can be a lot to handle, but we should not seek to shy away from them. Trying to avoi ..read more
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Healing the Fear Brain
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
Let’s talk Fear and get to know our Fear Brain: “Amy” the amygdala. Did you know that as humans, 90 percent of our present moment is informed by experiences from our past? These are the good, the bad, the ugly and even the unconscious! This is often not a bad thing, because a split-second decision made by our primal survival brain can keep us from stepping off of a cliff or running out into traffic to our deaths. Our fear brain’s Spidey sense, and memory system, deserves a lot of credit for making sure we stay alive. At the forefront of this process is the amygdala of our brains—our fiercest ..read more
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Creating Change in the New Year
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
Changing our behavior is one on the hardest things we humans face. We are patterned creatures and we like the things with which we are comfortable. So much so that our brain will unconsciously push back on creating change. We especially avoid changing behaviors that are easy to do and that make us feel good for a little while, like sleeping in a little or overworking so we can avoid some of the more stressful things going on in our lives. To disengage for a bit each day we might drink a little too much alcohol or smoke some pot. We might even engage in an easy, creative and immediately fulfil ..read more
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‘Tis the Season for Reaching Out
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
While the holidays bring terms to mind like joy, celebration, and togetherness, for some they can be a time of sorrow, loss, and loneliness. Many watch the celebration and excitement they see going on all around them and feel like they are watching from the sidelines, left out. These are the “holiday blues.” There are many contributing factors to them, including the recent loss of a loved one, or not living up to their aspirations during the past year, or anxiety over what is to come in the next year. First, let me set aside a common belief, often perpetuated by the news media, that depressio ..read more
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LGBTQIA+ and Home for the Holidays
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
By Dr. Kate Truitt In our practice we embody something we call Allyship, which is the foundation of our Affirming Therapy, but can also be part of a support structure of friends and family, not all of whom are necessarily within the LGBTQIA+ community. Allyship is based on a simple statement: “I don’t understand, but I stand.” The millions of people of all races, cultures, backgrounds and identities who marched together during the Black Lives Matters protests showed allyship—the concept that you don’t have to understand everything about another person’s culture to be able to stand alongside th ..read more
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Resilient Parenting: Being Your Best by Being the Change
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
By Dr. Kate Truitt with contributions from Rebecca Turner, LMFT “Good” parents all want the best for their children. Beyond fulfilling their basic needs, parents want their children to know they are safe, and they want to instill in them certain values and principles that they feel will make success more likely in all areas of their lives. They hope that through their parental guidance, they can help their children avoid some of the hardships they experienced in their early lives. Doing all of that is a tall order. While parenting can be a source of intense joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment ..read more
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Trauma Care Through Telehealth: Healing the Past and Building the Future
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
As with many health practitioners in these times of safer-at-home orders, we are constantly asked whether we are still offering mental health services. The answer is definite: “Yes! We are here for you.” We at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles (TCCLA) are continuing to provide expert trauma therapy and counseling safely through telehealth for individuals, and our services even extend to group therapy sessions and have expanded throughout California. In early March when COVID-19 social distancing rules for businesses went into effect, TCCLA immediately transitioned to telehealth serv ..read more
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Self-Compassion Heals the Effects of Burnout
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
By Dr. Kate Truitt In our practice we have been talking a lot with our patients about being overcome by a strange new constellation of emotional experiences. They share the optimism they once had. They’re concerned they’re not living up to the expectations of other people in their personal and professional lives—much less the expectations they have for themselves. They talk about not feeling as excited or engaged as they once did about rising to the daily challenges of work and home life, nor pursuing solutions to them. They feel physically drained, not just at the end of the day, but constan ..read more
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Self-Healing Through Grief and Loss
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
By Dr. Kate Truitt In June 2009 after being together with a man for 10 years, I returned home late at night from my bachelorette party to unexpectedly and devastatingly find that my fiancé had collapsed, and I could not make him breathe. One week later, our wedding guests became funeral guests, and our wedding flowers became funeral flowers. I was widowed before I was even pronounced a wife. For a long time, I believed mine was a unicorn story of grief and loss, but now when I talk with my patients, colleagues and friends, I realize that this is a story that is now lived by many. Because of t ..read more
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Rising From the Ashes of Systemic Injustice and Oppression
Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles
by Kate Truitt
1y ago
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the past month, a tsunami has been unleashed into the streets of our nation. May we dare to say, dream, that this time and this wave are different? This time, it seems this wave is not made of water, and it will not wash away with time. This wave is made of fire born out of the searing pain wrought by centuries of oppression and systemic injustice in the United States, this thing we call America. And this time the fire is found in the hearts of millions of people of all skin colors, ethnic backgrounds ..read more
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