Mon, 26 March 2018
Stephanie Covington Armstrong is the author of, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat, her memoir in which she vividly describes her struggle as a black woman with bulimia.
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat, is the first book by and about black women and eating disorders, and in it, Stephanie answers many questions about why black women often do not seek traditional therapy for emotional problems.
Stephanie is a playwright and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Her commentary on black women and eating disorders, "Digesting the Truth," was featured on NPR (click HERE for the full commentary), and she has written for Essence, Sassy, Mademoiselle, and Venice magazines, among other publications. She authored the plays “Three Stories Down,” “The Outside Sisters,” and “The Long Journey Home” which all have been performed in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
Moving coast to coast, she tried to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, thus being unaware that she was caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Her essay on bulimia, "Fear and Loathing," is included in the forthcoming anthology The Black Body by Meri Danquah.
In her memoir, “Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat,” (August, 2009, Independent Publishers Group) author Stephanie Covington-Armstrong vividly describes her struggle as a black woman with bulimia. Her battle with an eating disorder takes a unique perspective as this disease is consistently portrayed as a white woman's problem. This insightful and moving narrative traces the background and factors that contributed to Stephanie’s eating disorder. Moving coast to coast, she tried to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, thus being unaware that she was caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Mon, 19 March 2018
This week I’m so excited to have back on the podcast, Trauma Therapist | 2.0 member, Jessica Culp.
Jessica first joined me on episode 237.
I thought it would be a great idea to invite her back to talk about her experiences as a student, a young therapist, and as a member of Trauma Therapist | 2.0, progressing along her trauma-informed journey.
Jessica is a graduate student at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. As part of the University’s Seminary program, she hopes to achieve her Masters in Arts Counseling Degree in 2018.
This will be Jessica’s second career, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2003 and working in the marketing and resource development field for three local nonprofit organizations that included a foodbank, a children’s home and a crisis nursery.
Jessica has been listening to the Trauma Therapist Podcast since she began her studies in counseling in September of 2015, and joined Trauma Therapist 2.0 in December 2016.
Direct download: Episode_275._Trauma_Therapist___2.0_Member_Update_with_Jessica_Culp_.mp3
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Mon, 12 March 2018
Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.
Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.
He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.
He is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.
He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.
His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.
Mon, 5 March 2018
Today I had the unique privilege of speaking with David Carr.
David has written an expose titled, We Can Overcome: An American Trauma
This is riveting, and at times hard to read, and yet also inspiring and empowering. (And I’m not getting paid to say that.)
As a boy, David heard the stories of what his father endured as a boy: Fists appearing like unexpected rain, kicks in the side, and nails in his skin. But Carr’s father never set a hand on him.
The cycle of abuse, however, was not broken: David suffered mental and physical abuse from the people that were supposed to protect him. As an adult, he realizes that his continuing mental anguish was self-inflicted.
In challenging himself to see his life in a new way, David realized that the story of his childhood trauma did not consist of what happened to him, but rather way he responded to what happened.
This realization set the stage for him to embark on a transformative journey—one that began as a terrified child—but has since included him as a mixed martial artist, the vice chairman of The Joyful Child Foundation, as an advocate for children’s rights nationwide, and he David has built two successful international companies. He lives on a Southern California ranch style home with his wife of twenty years and three children.
I loved speaking with David. His strength and courage is pretty palpable, and so too is his recognition and acceptance of his vulnerability