“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”
-Mark Twain

Public Speaking has been my nemesis for as long as I can remember. The anxiety that I experienced when forced to give a speech was debilitating. …

Are you a trauma survivor? If so, have you considered attending a support group? I didn’t. In fact, I assumed there were community support groups that existed for trauma survivors. I assumed that groups for trauma survivors were therapy groups, not support groups. What the difference? …

“I would never do what you do,” is a phrase I often hear when I tell people I’m a trauma therapist. I get it. Who would choose to be constantly exposed to the consequences of malicious child abuse, immeasurable loss, vicious violence, and other traumatic experiences?

My colleagues and I make this choice every day, and we do so with resilience, compassion, courage, and tenacity. Here are some insights into this unique group of clinicians.

1) We’ve Experienced Trauma

Many trauma therapists have experienced trauma because many human beings have experienced trauma. Psychological trauma is defined as injury that occurs as a result of an event or series of experiences which cause overwhelming stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope. Trauma is not defined as…

Wild animals live extremely stressful lives, but rarely do they experience psychological trauma. How is this possible? One answer might be that they physically shake.

Animals Shake it Off, and It Works

Picture a deer that’s running from its predator, a wolf. This deer’s body is being flooded with adrenaline…

I’ve been floating for two years and I’m surprised by how many people do not know about this unique healing experience.

Picture this: You’re nude and floating in warm salt water. Soon you can’t tell where the water begins and where your body ends. You’re alone in absolute darkness and…

I don’t practice yoga. Yet I can’t walk five feet at any professional conference without bumping into at least one clinician who does. Am I missing something? Why are so many mental health clinicians embracing yoga as their primary method of self-care?

Get out of your head and into your body

“As a psychologist, I spend a lot of…

Trauma is not one event or a clutter of experiences, it’s a person’s individualized injuries as a result of experience(s).

As a trauma treatment specialist, I often encounter the term “trauma” being misused. Some people believe that trauma is defined as an experience(s) such as sexual assault, natural disasters, and child abuse to name a few. Yet, trauma is actually an injury that results from an experience(s). …

I gave myself permission to use my body to protect myself and as a result I began to physically assert myself in my life.

“Your power is in your lower body, use it!” yelled my instructor as a man laid on top of me holding my wrists at my sides…

Amanda Ann Gregory and her instructor

I spoke to my “attempted rapist” after I’d landed multiple kicks to his face and groin. I confessed to him — an instructor acting as an assailant — that I fear raising my voice in public because I’m afraid to appear rude, dramatic, or “crazy.” …

Amanda Ann Gregory

Trauma, Anxiety, and Attachment psychotherapist and author. www.amandaanngregory.com

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