Here we are.

If you’re a fellow trauma endurer, welcome. I have started Wild Truth Therapy, PLLC to generate a healing place for people to find the truth and meaning in their story. There is something natural, something wild, about the trauma recovery process that deepens our awareness of life well lived. Dialectically I’ve found that substantial suffering can render great joy.

It started with courage mustered from the wilderness that is this life.

Welcome, too, all life travelers. This is the part where you get to speak your truth, arriving curious to finish the paragraphs needed for parts of your story. There is a space for your whole narrative without judgment, with enough room to sort through and organize. You may come here feeling strong and in need of strength. You may feel broken. Nevertheless you are whole.

And it continues with seeing, feeling, and knowing our. . . wild truth copy

Special Recent CBS News Story featuring Jenny Cezar (Jenny Grim), LCSW:

How active shooter drills at Stoneman Douglas High may impact survivors psychologically

I had the honor yesterday of living into my passion for advocacy and education. In immersing myself in trauma treatment, research, and literature – I believe deeply in preventing harm or reducing harm to those who have experienced traumatic or stressful events. The Stoneman Douglas students, teachers, and first responders became particularly important to me not only because this is so close to home, but because of how this community rallied and consoled and “phoenixed” so beautifully, and continue to do so. A colleague on a private Facebook group for clinicians posted that these students were supposed to, by state legislature, experience an unannounced active shooter drill within the first two weeks of returning to school. These people experienced collective trauma and grief, on a spectrum that can range from full PTSD to expected levels of hypervigalence and anxiety, to perhaps dormant symptoms that won’t show for years to come. It is important to educate the community on what could potentially reactivate the sympathetic nervous system, or involuntary fight/flight/freeze, and expose people to unnecessary external stimuli (alarms, banging on doors, jiggling on door handles, yelling) when they JUST experienced this a mere 6 months ago. The body and the brain need time to heal. So I contacted a local news reporter who was familiar with the story and who had interviewed me the week before. And with the validation from my clinical tribe, I talked. That’s not all it takes though, but it’s a start. This is what it is to create meaning out of trauma.

Dr. Manal Michail on PTSD and School Shootings:“>Back to School: Parkland Students Suffering from PTSD