New: Heal Your Own Trauma Through Self-Parenting via Audiobook

July 10th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Men's Issues | Trauma | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on New: Heal Your Own Trauma Through Self-Parenting via Audiobook)

My toxic girly thoughts told me I should just put this information on my website and not make a big deal about it. After all, isn’t this boasting? Then my resilience kicked in and said, “You worked hard to write this book—so shout about it!”   What’s All the Fuss About?   My most recent …
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Grand Island – Here I Come With NO Girly Thoughts

April 28th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on Grand Island – Here I Come With NO Girly Thoughts)

Have you ever gotten something really wrong? Have you ever based your conclusions on little fact and many feelings, and as a result you painted a truly erroneous picture for yourself of what you were dealing with?   I know I have, and recently.   My latest error didn’t begin with misunderstanding a Facebook post, …
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Sex and the Cycle of Addiction

December 18th, 2013 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Sex Addiction - (Comments Off on Sex and the Cycle of Addiction)
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Addiction is characterized by an easily recognizable cycle. Essentially, the cycle is: being triggered (feeling emotional or physical discomfort); thinking about using as a way to ease the discomfort; preparing to use; actually using; pretending that using was OK (engaging in denial); and then feeling bad about using. The last stage, feeling bad, is the …
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Journaling: Weaving Together Thoughts and Feelings through Writing

September 9th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Addiction | Trauma - (Comments Off on Journaling: Weaving Together Thoughts and Feelings through Writing)

The translating of emotion into words is both illuminating and healing. It allows us to label what we’re feeling so that we can use our logical thinking to process and understand it. It allows us to witness the contents of our mind and heart as they pour out onto the paper. It helps the right …
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  I was a recent speaker at a “Theology on Tap” lecture. This speaker series takes place in the fun, relaxed setting of a local pub, and my topic, of course, was my latest book, The Resilient Woman. All was going well when I was asked, “Who are your models for resilience?” I had an …
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Feeling Floor Check: Tools of the Trade

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Addiction | Trauma - (Comments Off on Feeling Floor Check: Tools of the Trade)

The Feeling Floor Check is one of my most popular exercises. I created it about fifteen or twenty years ago when managed care took over and at that time clinicians in our area were being given groups of thirty and told to provide them with a therapeutic experience. I adapted the concept of locogram and …
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Tools of the Trade: Why Trauma Requires Experiential Healing

May 13th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Tools of the Trade: Why Trauma Requires Experiential Healing)

Tools of the Trade On my blog, “Tools of the Trade” I am going to regularly post experiential “exercises” that I have created and tested over time. Much of the experiential work that I do is based on the principles of psychodrama and sociometry, however the integration of research alongside experiential exercises, is my own …
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Denial: Is it Always Pathological?

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Denial: Is it Always Pathological?)

Denial is a word that people in recovery use often. It  refers to an addict denying their own increasing use and abuse and it’s affect on their life and the lives of those around them, or an enabler denying the progression and impact of  an addict’s escalating addiction. But is denial always pathological? Are there …
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The following experiential exercises for helping groups, both inpatient and outpatient, to process issues of trauma and grief are taken from  both The Living Stage and RTR Relationship Trauma Repair  by Tian Dayton, both available at HCIBOOKS.com  The Trauma Time Line: Working with Context and Narrative Goals: 1. To provide a visual context through which to …
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