Author Archives: thoughtfulstroll

About thoughtfulstroll

I am a veteran, a professional business woman and a counselor in training. Follow me on my journey to becoming a mental health professional.

What Grows in Your Life-Garden?

Negative experiences happen, but we do not have to let them move in and hold as much of our life space hostage, as they tend to often times do. We experience a myriad of both positive and unpleasant moments each … Continue reading

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Authenticity ~ A Collection of Choices

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.  It’s about the choice to show up and be real.  The choice to be honest.  The choice to let your true selves be seen. ~ B. Brown … Continue reading

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Grow Your Wings on the way Down

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Brene Brown – Boundaries, Empathy, and Compassion

This is by far the best definition I have ever heard of what boundaries are, why you want them, and how you would use them successfully. Believing that people are doing the best they can, makes our lives better, as … Continue reading

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Call To Arms – Veteran Gets Real About PTSD

PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation(s).  I would be more worried if I didn’t have it!  Then, I would just be a sociopath. 

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Lessons Learned ~ About Dissociation and Good Therapy

Why would my brain want to dig up something so tragic and force me to relive it, as though it were happening again in the present moment?  I put a lot of energy and effort into shoving the memory as … Continue reading

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Dissociation ~ What Happened Next

I left my therapist’s office and as soon as I hit the hallway, where she could not see me, tears began to flow.  Head tucked down in embarrassment, I strode quickly to the parking lot.  I wished to be invisible. … Continue reading

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When Nietzsche Wept

~You have your way.  I have my way.  As for the right way, the correct way and the only way, it does not exist. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Magical.” –Washington Post Book World “The best dramatization of a great thinker’s thought … Continue reading

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Into the Midst – My Experience with Dissociation

It took me a moment to realize, the rumbling in my mind was my own heartbeat. Insistent….strong and unrelenting.  Sweat began to mist up on my skin, sliding down between my shoulder blades.  I could hear her voice, out on … Continue reading

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Leaning in to discomfort…

Brené Brown – shares with us the concept of leaning in to discomfort.  Sounds uncomfortable, doesn’t it?  So why would you do it and what are the benefits? What does it mean to “lean into discomfort?”  Why would you do … Continue reading

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