What is Gaslighting?



In this episode I chat with Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis about gaslighting. Dr.Sarkis defines gaslighting, explains its effects, describes why it is such a powerful tool for those looking to manipulate others, and discusses how you can protect yourself against it.

Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, DCMHS is a bestselling author and psychotherapist. She has been in private practice for 20 years. She is an American Mental Health Counseling Association Diplomate (one of 100 in the U.S.) and an AMHCA Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling (one of 20 in the U.S.).  Dr. Sarkis received her degrees and training from the University of Florida.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  She also is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.  She maintains a private practice in Tampa, Florida, where she specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and anxiety.

To preorder Dr. Sarkis’s seventh book, Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People -and Break Free, click here.

To read Dr. Sarkis’s article, “11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting” click here.

Click here for more information on Dr. Sarkis.


PTSD and Survivors Of Domestic Violence



In this bonus episode of High Heels and Heartache, I sit down with Crystal Yarborough to discuss how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can affect survivors of domestic violence and abuse.  We chat about what PTSD is, the symptoms of PTSD, what recovery sometimes entails, and life after PTSD.

Crystal Yarborough is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She has worked with people who have experienced trauma and addiction in many settings, including in a state psychiatric hospital, residential substance abuse therapeutic community, military settings, and outpatient clinics.
Please visit The National Institute of Mental Health’s website for more information on PTSD.

Art Therapy and Trauma



In this episode, Gretchen Miller explains why art therapy can be a valuable resource in the recovery of survivors of domestic violence.

Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Adjunct Faculty Member, Speaker, and Author.

For almost twenty years, Gretchen has been working as an art therapist primarily serving children and adolescents in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio. Her work in trauma intervention has included providing art therapy services to youth and women from homes of domestic violence, grieving children and adolescents, families and adults transitioning out of homelessness, survivors of human trafficking, and with youth managing mental health challenges in Northeast Ohio settings such as residential treatment programs, shelters, bereavement centers, community-based outreach, and outpatient adolescent mental health.

Gretchen presents regionally and nationally on the application of art therapy, is a guest lecturer, and writes blogs, and has been published about the use of art therapy with survivors of trauma. She also is an Adjunct Professor for Ursuline College’s Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program, the only graduate program to study art therapy in the state of Ohio. She currently teaches for The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children as an online instructor about group interventions and strategies for traumatized children and adolescents.

She also currently serves on the American Art Therapy Association Board of Directors.

Check out these links for more information on art therapy!
Gretchen Miller: 
The Value of Art Expression in Trauma Intervention
Art Therapy in Action: Trauma (VIDEO)
American Art Therapy Association Art Therapist Locator

 


Episode 1



In my first episode of High Heels and Heartache, I sit down with Dr. Candice Creasman to discuss red flags in relationships that might be indicators of toxic, unhealthy, or abusive behaviors. We also have a fantastic chat about boundary setting in relationships.

Dr. Creasman  is a therapist, author, and meditation teacher with over 10 years of experience treating clients with mood disorders, personality disorders, chronic pain, and addiction. She is in private practice in Raleigh North Carolina where she works primarily with women who have survived domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a contributor to the meditation app Insight Timer, a foundational teacher for Aura Health, and expert contributor for marriage.com.

Learn more about Dr. Creasman by visiting (www.creasman-counseling.com

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