Morgan Bradwell, LICSW, PMH-C

Morgan Bradwell, LICSW, PMH-C Gulf Coast therapist specializing in women’s wellness, trauma recovery, & perinatal mental health
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I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since I released my eBook!I mostly designed “When Birth Isn’t Beautiful” f...
10/18/2023

I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since I released my eBook!

I mostly designed “When Birth Isn’t Beautiful” for my own clients, but I will say that it has been an honor to see how others have used it to find language for their experience. My main goal is that those who read it would feel seen & validated in their pain while also being inspired to take some next steps towards recovery from birth trauma.

To celebrate hitting this milestone, you can get my eBook for 50% off from now until Sunday with the code BIRTHDAY — direct link below 🎉

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1325139775/when-birth-isnt-beautiful-instant?fbclid=PAAabbR8gvNyMU2y2S7EH4GH_qvvDuP1ZDZiT279TYNb6kNb_bdpFHfVk2-HY_aem_AbVU8lSuokzQsf3RBxBMoKZxH-e5tCxbkEaAevzHlbcZWQ0apJJG0gQmlb4Q3gT0-fA&load_webview=1&bid=JNaflF2DrD-_TZDeGsNkBVDRWkfS

10/15/2023

🕯️ Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day 🕯️

Thinking of anyone who is holding a candle today instead of holding their baby or babies 💚

Global Wave of Light - 7pm in every time zone

October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and this is observed by the Global Wave of Light — where those ...
10/15/2023

October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and this is observed by the Global Wave of Light — where those who have experienced loss (or those who love someone who has experienced loss) light a candle to remember & honor these little lives that have made huge impacts.

As the candles are lit from 7-8pm in every time zone, this creates a Wave of Light across the entire world, reminding us all that no one is alone in their grief.

Today I’m remembering & honoring those who are holding candles today when they should be holding their baby or babies. Whether your loss was at 5 weeks, 35 weeks, or 5 months postpartum — your baby’s life matters, your grief matters, & your parenthood matters. I’m holding space for you & your babies today 🕯️

Here’s to slow & steady growth 🌿
10/10/2023

Here’s to slow & steady growth 🌿

Upcoming Mama Village meetups ✨Our first meetup was SO fun! Tiffany Jones, DC & I have now locked in our next three meet...
10/06/2023

Upcoming Mama Village meetups ✨

Our first meetup was SO fun! Tiffany Jones, DC & I have now locked in our next three meetup dates, which will take us all the way to the end of 2023.

Friday, October 27th
Friday, November 17th
Friday, December 15th

All at Redbar Espresso & Market LLC. from 12-1pm!
(pro tip - get there a few mins early to place your coffee or food order before their lunch rush!)

We can’t WAIT to have you join our Mama Village 🤩

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Disclaimer: This is *not* a therapy group, nor does attending this group make you a client of Dr. Tiffany or myself. Of course our current or previous clients are welcome to attend this group, with the fully informed consent that doing so could compromise your confidentiality within your mental healthcare and/or chiropractic care. You are under no obligation to try out this group or continue coming if it’s not the right fit for you.

10/01/2023

October is Pregnant and Infant Loss Awareness month. We will honor those who have experienced loss from Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Neonatal death, SIDS, and even deaths of older babies. Each loss is life changing and excruciatingly painful. We are incredibly sorry you’ve had to walk the path of bereaved mother, but please know that you are not alone. There are dedicated organizations, professionals, and support groups for you and your specific trauma and devastating grief.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need of these services.

Warmly,

The Skylar Project

It’s not too late to snag your ticket to Bump & Beyond! So excited for Caitlin Kirby, LICSW of Heal and Thrive Therapy t...
09/30/2023

It’s not too late to snag your ticket to Bump & Beyond! So excited for Caitlin Kirby, LICSW of Heal and Thrive Therapy to serve as a panelist discussing mental health within the perinatal journey!

MEET OUR PANELISTS | Bump & Beyond

Christine Hude, MD
OB-GYN
Bayside Women's Health

Jessica Hagemeier, MD
Pediatrician
North Baldwin Pediatrics

Caitlin Kirby, LICSW
Pregnancy & Postpartum Therapy
Heal and Thrive Therapy

George Powers, MD
Neonatology
Infirmary Health

Laurie Repoll, PT, MSHSA
Physical & Pelvic Floor Therapy
Infirmary Therapy Services

Francie Ruzic, MD
OB-GYN
Mobile Bay Ob-Gyn Center

Pregnant? Considering pregnancy? Navigating life postpartum? Join Infirmary Health for dinner on the river and a panel discussion about pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Support persons are invited!

Tuesday, October 3 | 6 – 7 p.m.

GulfQuest Maritime Museum

$10 per attendee
All proceeds benefit the Infirmary Foundation’s women’s health initiatives.

Register today --> https://www.infirmaryhealth.org/foundations/bump-beyond/

Hearts are SO full after our first Mama Village meet up! 🫶🏼8 mamas + 7 babies + 3 other local perinatal professionals po...
09/29/2023

Hearts are SO full after our first Mama Village meet up! 🫶🏼

8 mamas + 7 babies + 3 other local perinatal professionals popping by just to support & encourage us = Tiffany Jones, DC & I are filled with so much gratitude & excitement!

Stay tuned for our October date to be announced! 🎉

“It’s so wild how much this has impacted me… it’s almost like I have postpartum depression or something…”*laughs* “Well ...
09/28/2023

“It’s so wild how much this has impacted me… it’s almost like I have postpartum depression or something…”

*laughs* “Well that’s not possible since you foster/adopted…”

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LET’S TALK POST-PLACEMENT DEPRESSION

Y’all, comments like this make me want to yell from rooftops that post-placement depression is REAL!! It impacts anywhere from 8-32% of foster and/or adoptive parents, and it’s onset & symptoms look quite similar to postpartum depression.

If you love someone who is a foster or adoptive parent [& especially if you are a professional working with foster or adoptive parents] please take some time to familiarize yourself with the unique challenges that these families may face, which include struggles related to adjustment, attachment, past trauma triggered, uncertainty, potentially parenting a high-needs child, parenting a child who has experienced trauma, & more.

And please for the love of coffee, do NOT dismiss a parent’s struggles just because they did not birth the child who was placed in their home. Be the village 🌿
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09/25/2023

We’re back with the final part of my top 3 tips for receiving trauma-informed care from your healthcare providers!

Tip number 1 was to interview your healthcare providers in order to find a trauma-informed provider who will be supportive of your needs.

Tip number 2 was to know (to the best of your ability) your triggers & nervous system responses.

Tip number 3 is to collaborate with your healthcare providers in order to meet your need for safety & comfort in the healthcare space through trauma-responsive boundaries.

I’m definitely aware of how intimidating it can feel to set a boundary with a healthcare provider. There’s an inherent power differential that a truly trauma-informed provider will not only be aware of, but also be actively mitigating by empowering you. After all, they may be an expert in their field, but YOU are the expert on what it’s like to live in your body.

I firmly believe that a truly trauma-informed provider will not treat a trauma-responsive boundary as silly, inconvenient, or annoying. It’s my hope that’s the case for your journey 🙏🏼

After you’ve explored & utilized tip 1 & 2, here are some examples of trauma-responsive boundaries that you can try with your healthcare providers:

*at the OBGYN*
“I have some things I’d like to discuss with you today & sometimes I feel anxious after my exam, so I would like to talk about my other concerns before my exam while I am still clothed.”

*at the dentist*
“I’ll be wearing some noise reduction ear buds during my cleaning today, but I want you to know that they aren’t noise canceling so I’ll still be able to hear you. Can you please verbally walk me through each step of the cleaning process?”

*at the chiropractor*
“Please do not adjust anything above/below this area of my body today. I would also appreciate you letting me know when you’re about to apply pressure.”

Like & follow for more content related to mental wellness, trauma recovery, & perinatal mental health 🌿

I highly recommend anyone along the Gulf Coast who is currently pregnant or considering pregnancy to check out this incr...
09/24/2023

I highly recommend anyone along the Gulf Coast who is currently pregnant or considering pregnancy to check out this incredible event! 🤩 So proud of Caitlin Kirby, our fearless leader of Heal & Thrive Therapy, for her role in this event as a panelist!

MEET OUR PANELISTS | Bump & Beyond

Christine Hude, MD
OB-GYN
Bayside Women's Health

Jessica Hagemeier, MD
Pediatrician
North Baldwin Pediatrics PC

Caitlin Kirby, LICSW
Pregnancy & Postpartum Therapy
Heal and Thrive Therapy

George Powers, MD
Neonatology
Infirmary Health

Laurie Repoll, PT, MSHSA
Physical & Pelvic Floor Therapy
Infirmary Therapy Services

Francie Ruzic, MD
OB-GYN
Mobile Bay Ob-Gyn Center

Pregnant? Considering pregnancy? Navigating life postpartum? Join Infirmary Health for dinner on the river and a panel discussion about pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Support persons are invited!

Tuesday, October 3 | 6 – 7 p.m.

GulfQuest Maritime Museum

$10 per attendee
All proceeds benefit the Infirmary Foundation’s women’s health initiatives.

Register today --> https://www.infirmaryhealth.org/foundations/bump-beyond/

09/21/2023

Part ✌🏼 is here!

Our bodies communicate their needs through sensations, emotions, & patterns. By leaning into our triggers & nervous system responses with curiosity, we can discover what our body needs in order to feel safe & comfortable with our healthcare providers.

Then, we can collaborate with trauma-informed healthcare providers to get those needs met. Spoiler alert — part three will help you learn how to do this through trauma-responsive boundaries 🌿

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09/18/2023

My top 3 tips for receiving trauma-informed care from your healthcare providers 🌿 (part one)

You can interview any healthcare provider (family doctor, OBGYN, therapist, dentist, chiropractor, & more!) to sus out if they’re truly trauma-informed & if they’ll be supportive & accommodating to your needs as a trauma survivor.

Have you ever asked a healthcare provider about trauma-informed care? How’d it go for you? Tell us in the comments ⬇️

Like & follow for part 2 & more content related to whole-person wellness, trauma recovery, & perinatal mental health 🌿

Reminders, triggers, re-traumatization… navigating trauma recovery can sometimes feel like we’re walking through life on...
09/15/2023

Reminders, triggers, re-traumatization… navigating trauma recovery can sometimes feel like we’re walking through life on edge that something is going to unexpectedly pop up that stops us in our tracks.

When that happens, our nervous system may see this input as:
◾️ a reminder
◾️ a trigger
◾️ or a re-traumatization

None of these responses are “right” or “wrong.” They are very normal responses to abnormal situations, & our bodies respond based on how threatening & overwhelming the input feels to our system. Even here, our body sends us signals in the form of physical sensations, emotions, & thoughts to communicate its needs to move out of survival mode.

Save this chart to help you know the difference between reminders, triggers, & re-traumatizing events 🌿

09/12/2023

This quote has been resonating deeply with my clients lately, so I wanted to share it with this community as well.

May we all experience enough safe & supportive space to sit with our emotions & learn their real names 🌿

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with my friend & local perinatal chiropractor Tiffany Jones, DC to offer a...
09/08/2023

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with my friend & local perinatal chiropractor Tiffany Jones, DC to offer a new supportive resource for mamas in the Mobile area!

The Mama Village is a FREE motherhood support group for mamas of kiddos aged 0-2. We’ll have monthly meetups at Redbar Espresso starting in just 3 weeks on Friday, September 29th from 12-1pm.

This is a space for mamas to find safe & supportive community within this season of parenthood. We encourage attendees to grab a coffee or lunch from Redbar who is kindly giving us space at no charge, and we’ll all gather to talk all things motherhood — the ups, the downs, & everything in between. We would LOVE to have you come try it out! 🤩

Disclaimer: This is *not* a therapy group, nor does attending this group make you a client of Dr. Tiffany or myself. Of course our current or previous clients are welcome to attend this group, with the fully informed consent that doing so could compromise your confidentiality within your mental healthcare and/or chiropractic care. You are under no obligation to try out this group or continue coming if it’s not the right fit for you.

Link to a Facebook event where you can express interest, post questions, or invite other mamas posted in the comments below ⬇️

My friend Lindsey & her team of incredible ladies have poured their hearts into creating a space & a community for those...
09/04/2023

My friend Lindsey & her team of incredible ladies have poured their hearts into creating a space & a community for those facing fertility challenges. This group is a chapter of a national resource called Waiting In Hope.

I am inspired by the way they have created purpose from their pain, & I am so grateful for the incredible resource that this group will be for our community.

Tomorrow, Sept 5th, Waiting in Hope will be hosting a launch night that is open to the public - including those experiencing fertility challenges, those who love someone who is, or those who serve clients who are. You can read more about it on their event page here: Waiting in Hope Infertility Support Group Launch Night

As long as my pain from surgical recovery is managed, I plan to be there in support of my friend launching this group as well as in support of the women & men that I work with who are waiting in hope. I’d love to see you there! 🌿

Update: Unfortunately my recovery has been harder than expected, so I’ve extended my time out of the office until Monday...
09/04/2023

Update: Unfortunately my recovery has been harder than expected, so I’ve extended my time out of the office until Monday, Sept 11th.

All clients originally scheduled for Sept 5-8th have been contacted by the Heal & Thrive office team to reschedule. If you’ve reached out to me via email, I hope to return those by or before Sept 11th. Thank you for your patience with me as I recover 🌿

I’ll be out of the office from Friday, August 25th to Tuesday, September 5th for a brief recovery from a medical procedure.

See you soon!
- Morgan 🌿

My friend Dr. Tiffany Jones, DC is such a great resource for pregnant & postpartum mamas along the gulf coast! She & I a...
09/01/2023

My friend Dr. Tiffany Jones, DC is such a great resource for pregnant & postpartum mamas along the gulf coast! She & I are also partnering together on something really exciting that we can’t wait to share NEXT WEEK 🤩

What do you need to know about getting adjusted throughout your pregnancy?

1. Spinning Babies is not *spinning* babies 😅 it's a program designed to support pelvic balance in pregnancy, prepare for labor, and aid labor (like helping resolve stalls in labor for many reasons).

2. Webster Technique also does not spin babies. Webster is an adjusting technique that focuses on balancing the pelvis through analysis and adjustment of the pelvis's bony and soft tissue structures. The common misunderstanding that Webster helps flip breech babies is due to its success in balancing the pelvis which often allows baby to settle into an ideal position.

3. Start your chiropractic care ASAP. Honestly, the best case scenario would be that you started care before you were pregnant so I already had x-rays on you. We can't take your x-rays during pregnancy so plan to get them after you deliver baby and get back into the office. But if you're already pregnant, now is the time to start! It's helpful to get to see mamas early in their pregnancy so we are working on the pelvis before they are having pain or issues.

4. Exercise is important during your pregnancy! If you show up to a marathon without having trained for it you probably won't be running a 6-minute mile. Preparing for labor via exercise is another great thing to be doing before conception but can be started anytime. You want to be careful not to go from 0 to extreme physical strain but you definitely can make movement a priority for your entire pregnancy.

5. As much as I would like to say that everyone immediately feels better after their first adjustment, that just isn't the case. Depending on how long your body has been subluxated, inflammation levels, your activity levels, what you do after the adjustment, etc. you might feel discomfort after the first or even first few adjustments. It's a good sign, though, because your body is registering feedback from the muscles and tissues controlled by the segments of the spine that we adjusted. Be sure to let me know if you feel discomfort after your adjustment so I can adapt how I adjust to best meet the needs of your body.

6. I want to say, "GOOD JOB MAMA!" for taking care of your body and preparing for this pregnancy. Even if your entire birth doesn't go the way you planned it or it all goes exactly like you had hoped, you intentionally took care of your body during pregnancy. I'm proud of you for that. We can talk about all of the additional ways to care for yourself that I recommend. They include having a doula, pelvic floor PT, and preparative exercise programs like BirthFit. You can even prepare your family for your needs after birth (arranging for help and meals) or hire a postpartum doula to help take some of the load off of you after birth so you can focus on healing and bonding with the sweet baby you just brought into the world.

I’ll be out of the office from Friday, August 25th to Tuesday, September 5th for a brief recovery from a medical procedu...
08/25/2023

I’ll be out of the office from Friday, August 25th to Tuesday, September 5th for a brief recovery from a medical procedure.

See you soon!
- Morgan 🌿

Whether you’re snuggling your rainbow baby today or clinging to hope that you will one day finally meet your rainbow bab...
08/22/2023

Whether you’re snuggling your rainbow baby today or clinging to hope that you will one day finally meet your rainbow baby, you are seen & you are not alone.

And in case anyone needs to hear this — it’s okay to feel gratitude *and* grief, hopeful *and* fearful, thankful *and* overwhelmed.

If it feels supportive, feel free to drop a a heart in the comments that represents your angel baby, your rainbow baby, or your hope along the journey 🤍
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Two of my friends are providing amazing pediatric speech therapy services right here in Mobile! If you’ve been consideri...
08/21/2023

Two of my friends are providing amazing pediatric speech therapy services right here in Mobile! If you’ve been considering getting your child evaluated by a speech-language pathologist, look no further than Honey B Speech Therapy LLC 🤩

Cultivating healthy boundaries is tough. For the survivor of trauma, this tough work is complicated by past experiences ...
08/17/2023

Cultivating healthy boundaries is tough. For the survivor of trauma, this tough work is complicated by past experiences where boundaries were violated.

So while healthy boundaries is a key part of re-establishing physical & emotional safety after trauma, the impacts of the trauma itself may be keeping us from identifying our needs and/or affecting our ability to set & maintain boundaries. Hello, vicious cycle! 😅

What areas of your life do you find it difficult to navigate boundaries as a trauma survivor? Let’s talk about it in the comments ⬇️

So excited for the new resources popping up in our community! Leslie is amazing & I highly suggest anyone who has experi...
08/15/2023

So excited for the new resources popping up in our community! Leslie is amazing & I highly suggest anyone who has experienced loss to consider joining this FREE virtual therapist-led support group 💚

COMING SOON!

A free, virtual support group for Pregnancy Loss, facilitated by Leslie Herhold, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C. Open to women in any state.

Interested participants, please complete the Google Doc Form to sign up: https://forms.gle/NexoLxh5jKYyuefS6

🚨🚨DISCLAIMER: Groups are supportive in nature. No therapy will be provided. Participants will be screened to ensure mental health stability prior to participation. Participants with significant, untreated mental health conditions will be required to have their own therapist and/or psychiatrist prior to joining the group.

08/09/2023

Sometimes they really do sneak up on ya 😅

Friendly reminder that having an emotional response to a trigger doesn’t make you a failure or not as “healed” as you thought — it makes you human 🫶🏼

Now get out there & keep cruising, Trauma Recovery Barbie 🤩

07/28/2023

So grateful for this conversation with The Birth Trauma Mama on how our body communicates it’s needs & how we can learn to attune & respond to those needs 🌿

I believe that this episode would resonate with survivors of any form of trauma, not only perinatal trauma. Give it a listen & let me know your thoughts!

🎙️The Birth Trauma Mama Podcast - Episode 40

I had the honor of joining The Birth Trauma Mama on her podcast to talk about ways that our bodies communicate our needs...
07/27/2023

I had the honor of joining The Birth Trauma Mama on her podcast to talk about ways that our bodies communicate our needs to us. It drops later today!! I think that survivors of any form of trauma (not just birth trauma) can resonate with this episode, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

The goal isn’t to never feel anxious. The goal isn’t to never feel fatigue. The goal isn’t to never feel anger. The goal...
07/26/2023

The goal isn’t to never feel anxious.
The goal isn’t to never feel fatigue.
The goal isn’t to never feel anger.
The goal isn’t to never feel ______
(fill in the blank with your experience).

Our emotions & somatic sensations are our body’s way of communicating its needs to us. Even these uncomfortable emotions & sensations are important clues into how we can best take care of ourselves.

Healing isn’t a finish line that we cross where we no longer feel difficult or painful things.

Healing is reaching a point where we can feel emotions & sensations without becoming overwhelmed by them.

Healing is the ability to truly feel it (which is often more physical than cognitive), honor it as a valuable piece of information that our body is communicating to us, & respond to it in a way that aligns with our values & goals 🌿

For my last post of  , I wanted to share words from this community.I asked you guys “if you consider yourself a survivor...
07/22/2023

For my last post of , I wanted to share words from this community.

I asked you guys “if you consider yourself a survivor of birth trauma, what do you want the general public to know about your experience/journey?”

Your responses had five themes:
◾️We aren’t sharing our stories to scare new parents. We share because we deserve a space to share & because many survivors of birth trauma feel pressured to stay silent or “just move on.”
◾️Our stories are real & valid. Trauma can occur even if there’s no physical evidence of the trauma.
◾️I am not alone. Birth trauma happens more than most people realize. That’s why we need to talk about it more.
◾️It’s not helpful to hear “all that matters is that you’re both healthy.” This is dismissive to the fact that my mental health is suffering. This is also dismissive towards those whose birth trauma includes loss.
◾️Just because I am safe now does not mean that everything is okay now. I need support & understanding as I continue to recover from birth trauma.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post by sharing their thoughts, feelings, & experiences. I see & honor everything your body has done & is doing for you in your birth trauma healing journey 💚

As we are nearing the end of  , I wanted to share one of the most frequently asked questions I hear about birth trauma a...
07/21/2023

As we are nearing the end of , I wanted to share one of the most frequently asked questions I hear about birth trauma along with some signs & symptoms that are common after experiencing birth trauma.

If you resonate with some of these, please know that you aren’t alone & that this is treatable.

I encourage you to consider connecting with a perinatal mental health specialist. You can find one in your area by searching the provider directory at psidirectory.com.

If individual therapy is not doable for you right now, please consider connecting with a local or virtual support group, such as Postpartum Support International’s free virtual birth trauma support group.

You are worthy of a safe & supportive space where you can recover from birth trauma at a pace that feels good to your body 🌿

While we can’t predict with certainty what events or situations are traumatic for someone else’s nervous system, we can ...
07/20/2023

While we can’t predict with certainty what events or situations are traumatic for someone else’s nervous system, we can explore factors that can contribute to birth trauma.

As a trauma survivor who works with many trauma survivors, I find that for many people, trauma is less about the specific event & more about the way that the mind & body experienced the event & it’s impact.

Helplessness, powerlessness, loss of control, & loss of expected time/moments are common ways that the mind & body can experience an event that results in trauma.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of factors that can contribute to birth trauma, but I do hope that it helps someone feel a little less alone & a little more validated in what they’ve walked through.

If it feels safe & comfortable, feel free to share any factors from on or off this list that contributed to your birth trauma ⬇️

Continuing on with content centered around  , today I’m sharing the definition of birth trauma that I use in practice al...
07/18/2023

Continuing on with content centered around , today I’m sharing the definition of birth trauma that I use in practice along with some quick facts about the prevalence & impact of birth trauma.

Does any of this information surprise you? Were you aware that birth trauma can be caused by events before or after childbirth as well?

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Birth Trauma Awareness Week exists to hold space for the voices of those who have endured birthing experiences that were...
07/17/2023

Birth Trauma Awareness Week exists to hold space for the voices of those who have endured birthing experiences that were less than beautiful.

With *at least* 1 in 3 describing their birthing experiences as traumatic, it’s so important to have honest, authentic, non-judgmental conversations about birth trauma & it’s short-term & long-term impacts.

You can love your baby *and* hate the way they were born (or the events preceding or following their birth). It’s okay to struggle to reconcile your grief & gratitude — it feels hard because it is.
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Quote from my eBook released in late 2022 entitled “When Birth Isn’t Beautiful: The Realities of Experiencing & Healing from Birth Trauma.”

You can get my eBook for just $4 this week with the code BTAW23 😊

Link to purchase: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1325139775/
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Psst! Hey there, trauma survivor — in case no one has told you yet, there are a few things you need to know…◾️You are no...
07/14/2023

Psst! Hey there, trauma survivor — in case no one has told you yet, there are a few things you need to know…

◾️You are not alone
◾️You are not to blame
◾️Recovery is possible
◾️You are worthy of support
◾️Your healing has impact

I hope these reminders encourage someone on there journey today 🌿

What would you add to this list? Share your wisdom in the comments ⬇️

Nervous system regulation is so important. When we are outside of our window of tolerance, our body is working hard to r...
07/05/2023

Nervous system regulation is so important. When we are outside of our window of tolerance, our body is working hard to re-establish safety & connection so that we can thrive. Regulation skills help us soothe the body & get our awesome “thinking brains” back online so that we can make choices that align with our values & goals.

Nervous system regulation is buzzy right now, and overall I think it’s great that you can throw a rock & hit a regulation skill. We all need these tools!

But it is important to remember that nervous system dysregulation is not a bad thing. And regulation skills are not meant to be a means of avoiding or escaping unpleasant feelings or sensations. These responses are the body’s way of communicating to us, & important, brave work is done when we’re able to engage non-overwhelming dysregulation by attuning & responding to our needs.

To put it simple — not every sensation or emotion needs to be regulated. Many of them need to be seen, heard, & allowed to exist 🌿
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Tune in today to see it 🤩
06/08/2023

Tune in today to see it 🤩

A new Mom Chat airs this morning. My new friend, Morgan Bradwell, LICSW, PMH-C, and I dive into the conversation of postpartum depression and anxiety and what resources are available for you.

You aren’t alone ♥️

Physical & emotional safety within relationships is often something that we don’t consciously think about until we reali...
06/06/2023

Physical & emotional safety within relationships is often something that we don’t consciously think about until we realize that we don’t have it.

The concept of safety within relationships can be very difficult or confusing for some people — especially survivors of trauma. This may be because past relationships have revealed the pain of broken promises, misplaced trust, & crossed boundaries. It may also be that complex trauma had corrupted our ability to feel safe with anyone. Or perhaps our minds & bodies have only seen examples where love = pain.

This quote by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk reminds us safety is essential to mental wellness. I believe this is because we are designed for safe & supportive community. For that reason, safety must be the foundation of trauma-focused work.

What does safety [physical & emotional] mean to you? Drop your thoughts in the comments below! ⬇️
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