Recent and Upcoming Presentations and Seminars

September 10 and 17: Training doctoral interns at the University of Northern Colorado on trauma psychology and effective clinical practice

September 15: College Success for Students Who Learn Differently at the Broomfield Library

October 15:  Webinar: Dealing with Depression: Warning Signs, Treatment, and Suicide Prevention

October 16:  Live on Channel 22: Diagnosing and Treating Mood Disorders from 12:30 to 1:00

October 21:  Feeling Down?  Helping Adults Manage Depression at the Louisville Library


Alphabet Soup: Decoding Mental Health Credentials

What to make of those letters after a mental health clinician’s name? Before you contact a therapist, here’s what you need to know about what he or she knows.


Sunda Friedman TeBockhorst, PhD – When a friend or loved one experiences trauma, the effects can be difficult to watch, let alone address. These tips may help.

Link to: Tips for Supporting a Friend or Loved One


Trauma and Re-experiencing: The Intrusion of Past into Present

Last month I wrote about avoidance, one component of trauma-related struggles for many people. Another one of the primary things therapists consider when exploring trauma-related problems is what we call “re-experiencing.” When the natural healing process after a traumatic experience does not go smoothly, one of the things that many people will find themselves struggling with is the fact the memories of the traumatic event won’t seem to settle in and fade into the background, instead remaining very charged and intruding frequently into day-to-day life—re-experiencing.


The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.”

This quote from writer Andrew Solomon contains some important wisdom about the nature of the beast we call depression. It is normal to experience sadness, to have days of feeling grumpy or down. We all have days like this, sometimes a few in row. It is normal to feel sad in response to distressing life events – these are the bumps in the road of life, and for most of us, we navigate over the bumps and get on with the life we recognize as ours. However, when the obstacle is not the normal vicissitudes of daily life, but rather a run-in with depression, this can be altogether a different story. Life becomes a foreign and exhausting experience, where it feels like there is no respite and no hope for a more engaged tomorrow. Here are some things to look for if you aren’t sure whether or not you might benefit from help for depression.