John Rigg, MD, is a professional musician who, in his forties, became a physician. In his work with trauma patients, Dr. Rigg has observed how the brain is constantly reacting to sensory information, generating non-thinking reactions before our intelligent individual human brains are able to process the event and formulate a self-driven response. His 28-minute… Read More How Trauma Affects Our Brain and Behavior
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder * People often ask me for tips on finding a good therapist. It has been hard to find a single source for great info, until now. Recently I found an article that I’ll summarize below, with a link to the full article, and I’ll add a few topics here that arise… Read More Finding a Therapist Who’s Right for You
From Pandora’s Project, which is a resource for survivors of rape and child sexual abuse, Louise offers a powerful article about how, often, people in their forties, fifties and even sixties find that the past abuse becomes particularly difficult to manage – indeed, it may be only after 40 that many survivors even begin to… Read More Older Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Is Catholic psychotherapy different than non-Catholic or secular psychotherapy? Yes … but it only works for some, while for others it could be a re-wounding. So, proceed with care. And, it’s no substitute for pastoral care. To begin, what is Catholic psychotherapy? How is it different? For an excellent review, here… Read More Is Catholic Psychotherapy Different?
Take a few minutes to review the latest information and basics of post-traumatic stress, as a refresher on what many survivors of abuse can face following abuse.
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder After my first brain surgery, I was inundated with advice from friends, colleagues and strangers about how to get back to full health fast. No one pearl of wisdom was similar to the next. Most suggestions were unscientific. Some were ignorant, some comical. All the advice, every bit of it, was… Read More Abuse Victims Who Are Canonized Saints
Survivors of abuse – and those who love them – need to create a patchwork of support, including therapists and pastoral care, but also trauma-informed health care providers, friends and others. Each patchwork is unique to an individual’s needs and is uniquely each individual’s responsibility. No one can create that patchwork of people for a… Read More Creating Your Patchwork of Support
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Survivors of sexual and other child abuse struggle well into adulthood to find our voices and find a way to tell our stories that bring healing to our lives—and very often to those whom we love. In my experience, the voices of loved ones who seek to help us are even… Read More Other Voices, New Voices
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder As another in the series about loved ones seeking to support survivors, this article considers the wisdom available in groups which support secondary victims of different but related traumas. One renowned group dedicated to secondary victims is the Alanon Family Groups program. Alanon grew out of families gathering together meeting with… Read More Peer Support for Secondary Victims
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder This is one in a series of related articles written at the invitation of Orthodoxy in Dialogue, which is a leading blog for the Orthodox Church published and edited by doctoral students of theology at the University of Toronto. While written from the perspective of a Roman Catholic, the editors and readers… Read More When Someone You Love Has Been Sexually Abused