Hello. How was your first week of April?
Today I want to share with you a few things. First, I saw this posted this week and it really resonated for me and I thought it may for some of you:
"I want to acknowledge that living through this pandemic is a trauma.
As a trauma specialist, I think there are a few things that are helpful to know:
Parts of our brain have shut down in order for us to survive
As a result, we are not able to fully process a lot of what is going on around us.
Feeling somewhat numb and out of touch with our emotions is normal, especially if you have lived through trauma before
Some people are also far more apt to feel hyper vigilant or anxious, while others become hypocrite or depressed. Neither means anything other than indicating your predisposition to dealing with extreme stress.
In depth processing of trauma happens years later, when we feel emotionally safe to deal with it.
When in the midst of trauma, just getting by emotionally and functionally is okay. Lowering expectations and being kind to yourself and others is vital."
Jennifer Yaeger, LPC of SEA GLASS THERAPY
You may have noticed the videos at the end of this email. I have recorded an introduction and a story. It is from a book called, Therapeutic Storytelling by Susan Perrow. This is great for a child but truly is healing for teenagers and adults as well. This one in particular was written for during the time of a global crisis. Check it out! The first video gives an introduction and the second one goes right into the story, that way your child doesn't have to listen to the boring introduction. Let me know what you think. Did you enjoy it? Did you have a child listen?
Since I've been sending different resources each week, I have decided to compile all of the resources together for you at this link. If you'd like to be added to the list of therapists that are taking new clients and are available via Telehealth currently, please let me know. If you have a great resource you think I should be sharing- let me know and thank you.
I can't thank you enough for purchasing gift certificates. I would thank each of you personally but it doesn’t tell me who purchased it! It is so helpful to me in this time and I would love to make sure that when we open up, I get you on the schedule right away so please do let me know if it was you. I am dreaming of getting back into my office space to serve you all.
The website with e-gift certificates doesn’t allow me to put in a specific service, such as a one-hour session. It is preset with the dollar amounts of my services or you can choose whatever amount you’d like. So if you type in a $100 gift card and then put in the 25% off code “MARCH”, you’ll get the $100 gift card for $75. Here is the link again and if you’d like to purchase one for a gift, just reach out to me.
Have we chatted lately? Please know that I am so excited to hear from you. Fill me in on your world. Let me know if any of these resources have been helpful for your or your family. Let me know if there is something else you wish I was sending out in these emails? What resources are you looking for in these times?
Hope you are staying well. I miss you all.
Here's the link to the original email that has the links to the videos posted