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Developmental Trauma

What is Developmental Trauma?

Developmental Trauma is the result of a child experiencing abandonment, neglect, abuse, or chronic stress in their own home.  Overt abuse and neglect can clearly have profound impact on a child, but what many don’t realize, is that hostility, pervasive stress, and chaotic environments can also be considered developmental trauma. 

What makes developmental trauma so widespread is that...

Let’s Get Real About Shame

Let’s Get Real

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a week devoted to awareness and prevention.  NEDA’s theme, “Let’s Get Real,” struck a deep chord in me because their hope is to start authentic and brave conversations around not just eating disorders—but the shame and pain that fuel them. 

Shame and vulnerability researcher and author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, describes shame as...

We’ve Been Featured on FreshPractice!

Does your therapist's office design matter?  

At Kindred Counseling, we'd argue that it definitely does. The vibe of the office matters more than we would have expected, as people truly can’t be comfortable psychologically if they aren’t comfortable physically.  

That's why we were honored to be featured on FreshPractice, a website offering therapy office design inspiration for therapists, by therapists. Here’s an excerpt from the interview with practice owner, Brittni Fudge, MA, LPC,...

What is Counseling Exactly?

When I  meet new people and get the standard question, "so, what do you do?" and tell them I am a therapist, I get a range of responses--people are either fascinated, scared that I'm suddenly diagnosing them (don't worry, I'm not!), or totally confused.  Through countless conversations I've come to realize that many people don't actually understand what counseling is and what it could offer them.

Counseling is a unique experience that...

Intention & Imperfection in Parenting

To The Exhausted Mother Whose Child Throws a Fit When the Wind Blows,

I want you to know you’re not alone.  The other day I was hosting a neighbor for a quick cup of coffee at my house.  When she showed up, she could barely hear my greeting over the screams of my 3-year-old son, who was rolling around on the floor crying.  You see, I had just committed the crime...

Guest Blog on PostPartum

Guest Blog on Postpartum Depression

From Belly Bliss to Dark Depression

Two minutes can feel like an hour when you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and are waiting for the results. When women see the two lines show up, they’re flooded with a wide range of emotions—from elation and awe to shock and fear. And guess what? All these emotions are okay. For...

So What’s my Story?

I’m so glad you’ve stumbled upon my blog. I bet you’re wondering what my story is … In short, it’s that I’m here to hear your story. But the long answer is that I’ve always gravitated to stories—the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we tell others, the stories that both inspire us to be our best selves and the ones that scare us to death. I’ve spent my life’s work...