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A poem series from the eyes of a therapist

Why Do We Feel Powerlessness? | Here's the deal, clients in therapy feel a variety of things but a deeper look at what they are feeling can uncover quite a bit about their coping mechanisms, resources, and lived experiences. This post gives an insider look from the eyes of a therapist regarding a client with incredible loss. Read on...
Did You Know? Recovering From Infidelity Looks Different for Every Client | This post shares an insider look into one clients perspective of healing during recovery from the intimate partner betrayal in her marriage.
Does it Ever Feel Like No One Understands? | This post gives an insider look into a moment in therapy when a client felt unseen and unloved. Have you ever felt like the people in your life didn't value you, see you, or honor you? Take a look through the eyes of a therapist, read on...
Understanding Sexual Trauma | Trigger Warning: This post contains a story that may be sensitive or offensive to some. This post gives an inside look into how sexual trauma can be so painful and personal at the same time. See what a client experiences through the eyes of a therapist.
The Power of What Happens When You Start Sharing Your Story | Vulnerability can emerge in many ways. This blog post gives an inside look into the story of someone who risks sharing and gains power through the process. Trigger warning: This post contains a story of assault that may be sensitive or offensive to some.
Have You Ever Considered: What Role Do You Play in Your Spouses Affair? | Infidelity can be one of the most painful wounds for couples to recover from. But it's not impossible. In fact, many couples come out stronger than ever after a wound like this. This blog post shares a clip of what some couples struggle with in the healing process - forgiveness and recognizing the role each partner plays. Take a look through the eyes of a therapist!
Did You Know? Therapists Look Forward to Weekends Too! | This poem aligns therapists with the rest of the world. We are humans who look forward to the weekend, too! Take a look through the eyes of a therapist about the process of thinking and connecting with clients all week and getting a break on the weekend.
Does Anyone Want to Stay Married? | This post gives an inside look into the couples therapy process and the amount of clients that come in feeling hopeless and ready to give up on their bond. Read on...
Eight Common Emotions in Therapy | This post provides a look into the common emotions experienced in therapy, through poem form. Dig deeper into the eyes of a therapist and what eight emotions commonly surface. Plus, learn which emotion is often not as present in therapy.
Did You Know? Therapists Often Forget to Do This! | Many therapists have routines and patterns that they stick to when seeing clients. This post gives an insider look, in poem form, into something many therapists struggle to make time for in their busy day.
What Happens When Our Children Experience Our Worst Nightmare? | Trigger warning: This post contains information that may be triggering or offensive to some. This post explores, in poem form, the pain that adults and parents have in their own journey. This is the same pain they fear they children could experience. What happens when we cannot protect them and the pain happens again?
Did You Know? Feeling THIS in Therapy is Actually Normal? | Clients can feel a lot of emotions throughout the therapy process. This post gives an inside look, in poem form, into a common and normal emotion that typically emerges in therapy. Cheers!
Did You Know? Your Therapist May Have Thought THIS During Therapy! | The boundaries and ethics between therapists and clients are key. This post gives a look, through poem form, into an ethical challenge that many therapists experience when there is a strong connection with a client.
Did You Know? Clients Like to Come to Therapy on THIS Day! | This post explores, in poem form, common days clients like to come in to therapy. This post will uncover what feels special about therapy and why clients wants to come in on those particular days, cheers!
One of the Greatest Moments in Therapy | This post explores, in poem form, a celebratory moment in therapy when a client did something really incredible. Get an inside look into that process and how success in therapy feels, cheers!
Have You Ever Wondered: What Do Therapists Actually Do in a Therapy Session? | This post explores, in poem form, the intricacies of therapy and what being a therapist is like. The post details several examples of how a therapist works in a session. Cheers!
Have You Ever Explored Relational Healing in Therapy? | This post uncovers, in poem form, the healing journey that can happen when someone addresses their trauma, pain, and childhood wounds and learns to trust their partner. See how one person can heal and love all at once.
Despite THIS Anyone Can Feel Alone | This blog considers, in poem form, the type of people that come to therapy and the common link many of them share - loss of connection. Dig deeper into understanding what all humans long form and the importance of getting it despite THIS.
Have You Ever Wondered What Happens When You Finish Therapy? | This post considers, in poem form, what success looks like in the therapeutic process. It will show you how a motivated clients works through therapy and what happens when progress is complete. Cheers!
Did You Know? Women Have Affairs and Come to Therapy, Too! | This post explores, in poem form, a common stereotype in the mental health world - that women don't cheat. Some women do not understand how their broken marriage, unmet needs, and loss of self link to emotional and physical affairs. This blog post digs deeper into those patterns, read on...
Did You Know? In Therapy A lot of Clients Talk About Similar Experiences | This post explores, in poem form, how clients often come to therapy and talk about similar traumas or wounds, particularly during times of cultural movement. Take a look from the eyes of a therapist into a common and disheartening experience many women have.
Have You Ever Wondered What a Healthy Couples Looks Like in Therapy? | This post explores, in poem form, what a healthy couple looks like in therapy. Through the eyes of a therapist you'll uncover how couples act and respond in therapy, a true glimpse into authentic relationship love. Read on...
Did You Know? Therapists Get Triggered, Too! | This post considers, in poem form, what happens when a therapist looks in the mirror with a client and sees some of their own pain. This process is caused transference and therapists are taught how to manage their own reactions and experiences to their triggers. Learn more...
Did You Know? Sometimes Clients Do This in Therapy and it Really Means A lot! | This post explores, in poem form, something positive clients do in therapy that really can mean a lot to a therapist - giving feedback! Dive deeper into how that feedback can be useful for therapy and impact the therapist. I’ve had the joy of receiving positive feedback from several clients and today I share how those words swirl around in my head. Cheers!
Did You Know? Feeling Confused in Therapy is Normal | This blog examines, in poem form, the confusion and identity journey many clients experience.
Don't Do THIS in Couples Therapy | Sometimes couples therapy gets intense. It's hard, it's confusing, and many couples have a long way to go in their growth. Want to learn more about what to do and not to do in couples therapy? Read on...
THIS Caused my Most Stressful Day as a Therapist Ever | Curious what causes a therapist to stress? Or, what is difficult for a therapist to manage? This post offers a snapshot of what's stressful during therapy, read on!
What Feelings Are Most Common in Therapy? | Curious what clients feel when they come to therapy?
The Lasting Impact of Our Spouses Words | Have you ever felt frustrated or hurt from what your spouse has said? Do they regularly show anger toward you? Do you feel verbally abused by them? You are not alone. This poem targets the wounds some couples hear every day.
Did You Know That THIS is Actually Common in Therapy? | This poem shares a highly common experience in therapy. Whether you are attending therapy as an individual or couple, your mental health is precious, know that this pattern is common.
What Does Your Therapist Actually Think? | In that chair is a poem series by Dr. Kendra A. O'Hora, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist. This expressive writing in the form of poetry gives clients, couples, and the world inside access into the mind of a therapist - what they see and how they are impacted every day. Curious to know what your therapist actually think? Read on, cheers!

In that Chair

The Most Important Way to Recognize Postpartum Psychosis | Have you ever read an article about a mama hurting her baby? Maybe that story triggered you or maybe you've identified with those scary thoughts that are far too common for mothers. This blog post digs deep into postpartum psychosis and how to heal. Learn the most important way to identify psychosis and if someone you know or love, including you, may need help.

by Erin Newton, LCPC We’ve been exploring lots of important topics this month on the blog. Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about postpartum depression (PPD) and the ways it manifests and the shame it brings. In that post, I mentioned that part of my own PPD was having thoughts about harming my baby. […]

Motherhood

May 26, 2020

The Most Important Way to Recognize Postpartum Psychosis

Regaining Control: Seven Ways to Help Lessen Birth Trauma | Having a traumatic birth experience is more common than many new moms realize. Did you know there are many things you can do to prepare and help lessen/prevent this trauma? Breathe deep, while birth can be scary and overwhelming you can also be informed and educated on what your rights are and how to advocate for yourself. This blog offers seven tips to help lessen birth trauma, read on!

by Erin Newton, LCPC When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a lot of feelings (as a lot of moms do). I was excited and nervous and a little scared. We read books and researched baby furniture and learned about how to put a carseat in our car. We took a birth […]

Motherhood, Quick Tips, Trauma

May 18, 2020

Regaining Control: 7 Ways to Help Lessen Birth Trauma

Postpartum Rage: The Overlooked Symptom of Postpartum Depression | This blog post examines a common and often unseen symptom of Postpartum Depression. Moms do not need to be ashamed to admit and heal from their anger or rage. Learn how to spot the symptom and next steps. AND, you'll receive an invitation to join our exclusive virtual moms support group, cheers!

by Erin Newton, LCPC My baby has been screaming for what feels like hours. She won’t nap unless I hold her. How the hell am I supposed to hold her nonstop and still care for my other children? I’m sweaty from having her pressed up against me for so long. My arms feel sore, heavy. My […]

Motherhood, Trauma

May 11, 2020

Postpartum Rage: The Overlooked Symptom of Postpartum Depression

Out of the Darkness: Five Facts About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders | Have you ever felt angry at your baby? Distant from your baby? Or, like you could hurt your baby? This blog explores the intense layers of motherhood many women experience and suffer in silence from. Five facts help you better understand whether you've experienced postpartum depression and how to combat the shame surrounding it. Plus, you'll have direct access to a support group for moms!

by Erin Newton, LCPC “I finally had a healthy beautiful baby girl and I couldn’t look at her. I couldn’t hold her and I couldn’t sing to her and I couldn’t smile at her … All I wanted to do was disappear and die. … If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I […]

Motherhood, Self-care, Trauma

May 6, 2020

Out of the Darkness: Five Facts About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

How to Find Connection and Support Our Heroes Throughout COVID-19 | If you want to find connection and support during isolating times. If you're a new mom, seasoned mom, or pregnant woman. If you're a fire fighter, nurse, doctor, police officer, or in any responding or medical field; this blog is for you! We see you, we love you, and we are here to support you. Learn more about how we are seeing these times impact you and then take a step toward healing today with our Wellness & Co. support groups. Cheers!

by Erin Newton, LCPC We are all so overwhelmed right now.  This weekend finishes up five weeks of quarantine for myself and my family, only leaving the house for occasional groceries, take out food, or my daughter’s allergy shots, which we have reduced from once a week to once every three weeks. Yesterday I finished […]

Motherhood, Trauma, Wellness Center Updates

April 21, 2020

How to Find Connection and Support Our Hereos Throughout the Uncertain Times of 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story Part III | If you want to heal from birth trauma, postpartum depression or anxiety, or grow as a mom, begin with your birth story. Writing your birth story can lead to a healthier perspective and momma! This blog includes exactly how to write your birth story and why that's so important for your mental health - cheers!

by Erin Newton, LCPC Hi friends! We have done so much over the last few weeks! If you’ve been keeping up and completing the assignments along with us, you should be very proud of yourself. You’ve likely unpacked a lot or maybe you’ve simply been thinking more about things than you did before. Either way, […]

Motherhood, Trauma

March 27, 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story: Version #3.0

How to Write Your Birth Story: Version 2.0 and 2.1 | Another installment in the birth trauma series using the power of expressive writing to heal from your birth trauma experience. In this post you'll learn more about how to unpack your birth story, add new layers, and get closer to the final product which aids in your healing as a mother. Cheers!

by Erin Newton, LCPC If you’ve been following along in the series, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last three posts. If you have not been following, go back and read the last three posts to get caught up! Or, jump down to the end of this post if you’re interested in learning more about […]

Motherhood, Trauma

March 24, 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story: Version #2.0 and #2.1

How to Write Your Birth Story: Using the Birthtalk Breakdown | This post continues a series of writing your birth story. Have you experience birth trauma or know someone who has? Birth trauma is common among mothers but also something we can heal from. Learn how to take another step in your healing journey with expressive writing!

Grab a free worksheet helping you process through your birth trauma using the Birthtalk Breakdown method! Erin Newton, LCPC walks us through exactly how to process the emotions surrounding our birth trauma.

Motherhood, Trauma

March 20, 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story: Using the Birthtalk Breakdown

How to Write Your Birth Story: Version I - The Big Lie | Birth trauma is something many moms experience. But living in the trauma or pushing it down to take care of your new baby does not have to be the path forward. You can heal, you can thrive, and you can be the healthiest version of you! This post begins a journey of learning how to write your birth story, read on!

Writing your birth story is one step in the healing journey. Expert birth trauma therapist Erin Newton, LCPC takes us through one piece of healing.

Motherhood, Trauma

March 17, 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story: Version #1: The Big Lie

How to Write Your Birth Story: Using the Power of Expressive Writing to Process Trauma | This post uncovers the power of expressive writing as a tool and avenue of healing. Uncover the truth about birth trauma, how it impacts new mothers, and the beauty of being able to heal through writing.

Have you experienced birth trauma? Many moms aren’t sure what birth trauma is or how to heal, writing your story is one avenue for hope. Read on…

Featured, Motherhood, Trauma

March 12, 2020

How to Write Your Birth Story: Using The Power of Expressive Writing to Process Trauma