trauma

How to Develop Self-Worth after Childhood Trauma

Do you find it difficult to feel good about yourself? Do you compare yourself to others and feel defective, inferior, or inadequate? When you don’t have a strong sense of self-worth, it can be hard to set boundaries, prioritize self-care, ask for a raise, or have healthy, satisfying relationships with others. In this article, you’ll …

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emotional wounds

Do you ever wonder if healing from emotional wounds is possible? Can someone actually heal from trauma, rejection, depression, a broken heart? Perhaps you’ve been hurting for a long time and things don’t seem to be getting better. Perhaps you feel stuck—like you’ve tried everything, and it hasn’t helped. Or perhaps you feel like you’re …

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Staying Motivated When Change and Healing Are Hard

Whether you’re healing from a traumatic event, coping with another depressive episode, or trying to become a better parent, you know that progress rarely happens in a straight line. Intentional growth and healing are the results of hard work – often over an extended period of time. Positive changes don’t “just happen” and time alone …

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What are boundaries and why do I need them?

What are boundaries? Why do we need them? And how do we set them? Find out in this article. What are boundaries? A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. It separates your physical space, your feelings, needs, and responsibilities from others. Your boundaries also tell other people how they can treat …

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What is Codependency?

Codependency is often misunderstood. It’s not just a label to slap on the spouse of every alcoholic. It encompasses a wide range of behavior and thought patterns that cause people distress to varying degrees. I hope this article will help clear up some of the misconceptions about codependency and help you to understand codependency better.     …

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Parenting When Codependent Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

This article focuses on how to parent when you’re codependent or have experienced childhood trauma. You can break the cycle of codependency by learning to parent differently. You can use these strategies even if you’re not a parent (or your children are grown). You can apply many of these parenting strategies to yourself. Yep! It …

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40 Self Help Books Recommended by my Readers on trauma, parenting, personal development, spirituality

I love a good self-help or personal development book. And summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. The only problem is there are so many great self-help books to choose from! This list was compiled from suggestions from my amazing Facebook fans. I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest. …

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Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home After I wrote about growing up in an alcoholic family, I got a lot of requests for additional reading suggestions. We are fortunate that there are many helpful books for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) on healing codependency, trauma, and relationship challenges. Below are some of my …

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