Category Archives: About Michele

About eight years into my first therapeutic relationship I realized we were going nowhere – fast. I’d gotten into therapy to learn how to live as a chronic patient but what we were doing was talking and talking and talking about … Continue reading

Within five years of the start of my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms I was deep into self-destructive food restrictions that caused me to drop an enormous amount of weight. My parents had tried to get me into therapy after … Continue reading

My trauma happened in childhood and completely severed me from any healthy sense of self. Later, one of my biggest problems in recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was this: I felt completely disconnected from who I had been before … Continue reading

Back when I was struggling with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I was also struggling with mercury poisoning, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease and suspected liver cancer. Sounds crazy, right? How your body expresses the level of psychological stress … Continue reading

“What’s the best treatment for symptoms of PTSD?”, I get asked that question a lot. There was a time I wondered the answer too, for myself. I had my diagnosis, and then what? I couldn’t find any definitive approach to … Continue reading

While PTSD recovery spans a slew of areas and requires many choices and actions; I’m always looking for ways to chunk down the work so that it’s more manageable. Recently, I spoke with trauma expert (and survivor of childhood sexual … Continue reading

It’s a common worry: If I heal PTSD symptoms, and then experience another trauma, will PTSD return? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. I hear it often from the survivors I coach, and also from the enormous … Continue reading

A doctor, purely through his own negligence (he didn’t read my chart before prescribing a medication that turned me into the equivalent of a full-body burn victim and in doing so nearly killed me) drastically altered and forever impacted the … Continue reading

There is a relationship between PTSD and OCD, but sometimes the obsessive-compulsive behaviors sneak up on you and so it’s not so obvious. Have you noticed, since your trauma, that you have new, idiosyncratic behaviors, even ones that don’t make … Continue reading

When I first started my PTSD recovery I read a slew of books and articles about how trauma recovery is supposed to happen. Many of the theories, dating all the way back to the late 1800s (check out Charcot and … Continue reading