Reflections From the Heart

Beyond Trauma: Healing Through Mindful Movement

Our own Dr. DiBlasio, as well as two additional members of The Safety Team were delighted to be interviewed on two international podcasts: Notice That and Beyond Trauma. These podcasts featured The Safety Team’s trauma informed programs for both violence prevention and trauma recovery–all of which are based upon the latest advancements in the fields of neuroscience and trauma recovery and integrate the mind and body to facilitate healing.

Host Melissa Benintendi, an EMDR trainer ...

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Our Innovative Trauma Recovery Program is Featured on a podcast: Couples Therapy in Seven Words!

By Christine DiBlasio, Ph.D.

I remember the first time that I had to give a professional public presentation, many years ago.  I lost a lot of sleep beforehand, and spent a great deal of time preparing and practicing.   Of course, after I finished the presentation, I decided to research how to actually give an effective speech.  This research taught me a few things, but what I remember most was ...

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Couples Therapy in Seven Words

Dr. Bruce Chalmer has been putting up videos about couples therapy topics for a few years, and has recently written a book called Reigniting the Spark: Why Stable Relationships Lose Intimacy, and How to Get It Back. It’s based on a seven-word formula that summarizes the basic ideas of couples therapy, and has helped many couples Dr. Chalmer has worked with over the past 25 years.

Now he’s teamed up with his wife, educator Judy Alexander, to create a podcast. ...

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Dr. Chalmer’s New Book!

Our own Dr. Bruce Chalmer has written a book! Here is his announcement:

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my latest book, Reigniting the Spark: Why Stable Couples Lose Intimacy, and How to Get It Back. If you’re in a relationship, and you’d like it to improve, I wrote this book for you.

To launch the book, we’re throwing a virtual party, and you’re invited! We’ll be on Facebook Live on Monday, March 30 from 8:00-9:00 PM. I’ll do a reading ...

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Sips of Air

By Kerry Fantelli

There you have been
All these years
Hiding many, if not most parts of you
Taking in small sips of air so that others had enough
Helium puffs
That made your voice even smaller
Slowly drifting
Filled with gases of what you believed would make others love you
All that did was float you away from yourself
The ground of your slippery infant being
Then you started to learn, to grow, and slowly you refused to move
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Letting Go…..Gently

Fall represents a special time of change. A fresh academic year begins for students, and many young adults head off to college. We have had two community members share their reflections about this transition. The first, a poignant piece by Cathy Catterson, can be found here.

The second, posted below for the first time, is a touching yet lighthearted reflection on the “empty nest” experience. Thank you to our community contributors!

Please send comments and feedback to ...

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“A Broken Body Isn’t A Broken Person”

This Tedx video is truly inspirational. Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

Some of my favorite quotes from her speech:

“It wasn’t until I let go of the life that I ...

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Daring Greatly…in Order to Live Wholeheartedly

This TedxTalk was sent in by a friend–coincidentally at the same time that I was reading a book by the same speaker on emotional risk taking, vulnerability, and living fully. View Dr. Brown’s presentation here . Below please find the TedxHouston write up of Dr. Brené Brown’s background (author of: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead).

Dr. Brené Brown is a ...

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Lessons From The Journey

Here is a contribution from an educator, friend and community member, Jennifer Coccetti. She reminds us of the importance of persistence, and shows us how the support of others can help us get through even the toughest of times. Her story also highlights the many lessons and gifts that come from our most difficult journeys. Thank you, Jen, for your inspirational story.

Two years ago, I began my journey. It all started with a bad case of the stomach flu ...

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This writing was sent in by a parent prior to sending her child off to college. It captures the bittersweet sentiment of many a parent in the process of letting go.

Dear Bursar,

I wanted to include a little information about my son with this tuition payment. However, the memo line on the check wasn’t quite big enough, so I’ve included this note.

First I want to tell you that when we moved into our house, David was four. ...

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