Have you ever thought about how trauma could be impacting your journey as a parent or caregiver? Be prepared to journey with me, Ashlyn, and my own therapist, Chelsea Cassel, as we break down this intricate subject. We aim to arm you with the basic knowledge necessary to recognize & understand trauma, its emotional and physical toll, and how to navigate parenting and caregiving while on your own healing path.

Throughout the episode, we explore the importance of processing trauma. We dig deep into the brain’s response to trauma, with Chelsea explaining how our “lizard brain” can be overwhelmed. We delve into how trauma manifests differently in men and women, touching on reactions like guilt, anger, survivor’s guilt, and lack of self-belief. We also discuss the profound power of externalizing our thoughts and feelings, either through speaking or writing, as a practical way to process trauma even if professional help isn’t immediately available or a viable option for your circumstances.

In the final part of our discussion, we drive home the transformative power of understanding, acknowledging, and processing trauma. We explore how this can liberate us, allowing us to move beyond our past, without letting it define us or our children. We urge you to never minimise your trauma or compare it to others, but instead, fully recognise its impact on your life. We also highlight the crucial role that seeking professional help can play in navigating the healing journey. So join us on this transformative conversation, and let’s journey together towards healing and freedom from the chains of trauma.

Guest Bio:

Chelsea received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University and completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Indiana State University. She is familiar with a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques that can assist with her clients getting to the source of the problems they are currently struggling with. Chelsea has experience working with a wide range of clientele such as individuals, children, adolescents, couples, infidelity, families, LGBTQ, veterans, grief, addictions and trauma. She has also worked with numerous cognitive and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, negative self-esteem and much more. When working with couples, Chelsea’s main goal is to explore ways where the couple can get back to what made them fall in love in the first place. She wants to assist the couple in finding a stronger emotional connection and a healthier way to communicate

Chelsea considers herself a compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental therapist who always has her clients’ best interest in mind. Therapy is a safe place in which Chelsea will assist you in exploring the past, creating peace in the present and feeling hope for the future. In her spare time Chelsea enjoys traveling, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

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