MN Trauma Project Blog

As a doctoral level psychotherapist with over 20 years of private practice experience working with adult individuals and couples, I have trained with many renowned experts in the fields of individual and couple therapy. Currently, about half of my clients are couples and about a third of my clients are therapists or other helping professionals themselves. Because I consider myself a lifelong learner in both my personal an...

January 26, 2018

A slice of American culture is in a bit of upheaval. It has taken some time, but it is finally the case, at
least for this moment in history, that sexual assault and misconduct is everyone’s problem, not just the
women who have endured it. It has become the problem of men because the voices of women now
have enough economical and political power to make it hurt; not necessarily because the perpetrators
were overcome with...

January 11, 2018

Happy New Years from MN Trauma Project!  

We want to extend our deep gratitude for an incredibly rewarding 2017, filled with memorable workshops, two wonderful meditation retreats, and more than anything personal and professional connections formed around a shared mission of helping to bring healing to those suffering from the effects of trauma.  In 2017, we had four workshops with presenters including Colin Ross, Janina F...

The holiday emotional spark

As we waited in line at the at the drop-off point at school, I felt a sudden rush of

emotion. I noticed my son’s left hand tapping on his leg while he was singing the chorus from Katy Perry’s song “Firework.” As our turn came up at the delivery point I suddenly grabbed his hand and gently squeezed it. “I love you buddy. Enjoy your time with your mom.” He turned and looked back at me with a scrun...

November 21, 2017

As any other therapist I pursue continuing education to stay up to date in knowledge and new

developments in the mental health field. I discovered a new therapeutic modality being
offered in Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM). After reviewing available materials on line I
decided to take advantage of the training.

The information shared and the therapeutic processes and techniques that I observed and
experienced represente...

November 10, 2017


Although I have been studying, teaching and writing about collective trauma for many years, I had a breakthrough of understanding recently. In June, I joined a group of 150 people from 39 countries who traveled all the way to Israel to begin a deep and rich training about Collective Trauma (CT) and its impact on our social psychology.

And I learned some things I think I had to leave the country to see more clearly.  Namel...

October 18, 2017

I saw him sink to his knees, head in his hands, sobbing as he watched the kids wave goodbye and run across the lawn.  He couldn’t see me watching, but I watched with a deep, sad curiosity.  This man, a man so competent, with a tenured position, a graduate degree, a man well-liked by friends and colleagues, the dude you WANT to grab a beer with and shoot the shit, could no longer hold himself upright.

This wa...

September 19, 2017

I remember sitting alone, hiding on the floor of a dark closet when I first met him.  I was around 7-years-old and could still hear my mother and stepfather yelling about me in the other room.  My lower back and butt were radiating heat from the areas the metal cooking spoon was used to “discipline” me.  I could feel the pressure build on my tear soaked face as I held my knees close to my chest to help keep my forced brea...

September 6, 2017

Touch is perhaps the most overlooked innate resource we humans have for health and healing.  Though we analyze, reflect and make meaning, fundamentally we are mammals who are wired to work, play, protect, relax, create, and heal through touch with each other.

This level of social engagement is “our most sophisticated pathway to alleviating distress and moving toward healing.  The neocortex is engaged and biochemicals relea...

August 20, 2017

Three weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a week-long workshop on peace literacy, joined by several friends and colleagues.  "Peace literacy," a term coined by peace activist Paul Chappell (Click here to visit the Peace Literacy Website), is essentially a process of educating each other about how to engage in peace and peaceful existing rather than maintaining the status quo of persist...

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