Life After PTSD

Life After PTSD

Post traumatic stress is not a disorder. It's an injury that can be healed. Each week we tell stories of clients who are creating a new normal of their deciding, free of trauma and PTSD, and the counselors, therapists and coaches using evidence based memory re-consolidation techniques to help them do it. Life After PTSD™ is produced by Jeff McLaughlin. For production inquiries: mail@wemclaughlins.com ©2020 Life After PTSD... Show More

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June 28, 2020 36 min

Dr. Diego Hernandez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, trauma expert, and Clinical Director of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Research at the University of South Florida and past Clinical Director of the Military Trial of ART at USF. With 20 years of mental health experience and a combat trauma expert, Dr. Diego works privately and on retreats with active duty military and Veterans. His practice emphasis is with Combat Vete...

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Ed Maerkl is a Florida firefighter, former Veteran and degreed counselor who joins us this week to talk about one of the many faces of PTSD: firefighters and first responders, and how their trauma is often bigger and more unexpected than what the public thinks.  In light of a recent death of a friend on the force due to cancer caused by chemicals released in a burning building, Ed gives us a glimpse of how great the sacrifices are ...

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Eric Reynolds was a police officer on a smaller Florida city force who was shot in the line of duty.  The initial shock of the experience led him to assume life would go on as normal but upon return to the force he began to experience the symptoms of PTSD that heightened his fight flight response and ultimately led to his reaching out for help.  Unfortunately the average care provided by the most readily available help isn't he...

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Caroline Barron’s father never found his birth mother. After he dies suddenly on her twentieth birthday, Caroline develops an insidious fear of her own untimely death. When she nearly bleeds out on an operating table during childbirth, it almost seems her greatest fear is justified. Emerging from the experience a changed woman, Caroline spends the next six years poring over her family history in an attempt to make sense of her inex...

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In this episode we welcome veteran Mark Van Osdel whose story of multiple traumas while serving in our Armed Forces, included facing constant mortar fire on deployment testicular cancer and nearly dying of a heart attack related to his military vaccines and the subsequent outlook on life cause by constantly facing death.


Life After PTSD is produced by Jeff McLaughlin.

For production inquires: jeff@motormouthcreations.com

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In this episode Jeff & Kari dialogue about how many therapists publicly expressed feeling overwhelmed, ill-equipped to help with and unprepared for the emotional fallout stemming from the height of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  Kari offers insight as to why that might be and how so many therapists are not trained in trauma in their Master's programs.   Life After PTSD is produced by Jeff McLaughlin.  For production...
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In this episode Jeff & Kari welcome Jess, who enrolled in the Armed Services at 17 years old in order to have a future that paid for the college her family couldn't afford.  By 18 she had experienced two instances of military sexual trauma (MST) and later in life her husband left her after 14 years of marriage.  Hear her story of recover and learn why so many instances of MST go unreported each year.   Life After PTSD is p...
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In this episode Jeff & Kari welcome Stacie Rathel, who's husband Michael was comatose and on a ventilator as a result of COVID-19.  As their family reeled, Stacie read a chance Facebook post that led her to the solution that may have ultimately saved her husband's life: plasma.  Michael is now home recovering and the family is creating their new normal after become yet another of the many faces of trauma. Please suppor...
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In this episode we welcome Brenton Wright, father of Calvin Desir, the second of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students lost to suicide in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day 2018 shooting. Less than a week earlier the Coral Springs, Florida-Parkland, Florida community lost Sydney Aiello, a fellow survivor of the shooting.  While Life After PTSD generally focuses on the story after the story, where a new normal of s...
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In this episode special guest Ashley shares of how after birthing her son she grew to resent her breasts when they failed to continue to produce milk for her son.  This ultimately created a triggering response for her when her husband would initiate intimacy, specifically that part of her body.  Trauma affects countless numbers of marriages and often for reasons that aren't about bad behaviors in marriage.  Still, the effect re...
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In this episode we welcome Matt & Sharyn Brisson, two nurses in Colorado who share their experiences working in hospitals as medical professionals in the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  Many doctors and nurses are experiencing trauma from the events of these times as they put their own safety on the line for the care of their patients.  Hear the perspective of these brave individuals, all the while some fact is s...
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In this episode we welcome back Kim Krawczyk, math teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs, FL.  With the Broward County School Board having announced that classes will be held online for the remainder of the year, teachers like Kim had to shuffle to transition to an entirely different style of teaching.  Even more significant, this represents yet another year where students at the high school face a trauma...
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In this episode we welcome Chris Kavenagh of Five Stones Counseling and client Samantha, who was in a long term abusive relationship with a boyfriend who not only sexually assaulted her, forcing her to have an abortion, but imposed curfews and systems of permission concerning what Samantha could or couldn't do as a human being.  Domestic violence is real and it's all around us.  Please be aware of your own situation but als...
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In this episode Jeff & Kari welcome Will Stein of the Philip Stein Watches and Wearables company, who recently completed a study at Jacksonville University and published in the Sleep Science Journal, validating the company's Natural Frequency Technology that powers it's watches and wearables line.  Will and Kari engage the two worlds of sleep and trauma to talk about how one affects the other and the other affects the o...
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In this episode Jeff & Kari welcome back special guest Scott Brook, Mayor of Coral Springs, Florida.  In these uncertain times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), emotional health is perhaps more relevant than ever, with a panic stricken world suffering for relief.  As powerful and wonderful as reconnection can be, some among us need more care and the mayor is on a crusade to end the stigma and help them find it. Life After PTSD is...
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In this episode Kari joins Jeff & Shannon McLaughlin to welcome special guest Ryan December.  Ryan is a Wall Street Journal reporter based in New York and writes about financial markets, investing in energy, infrastructure and real estate and other Wall Street topics.  His upcoming book "Underwater" will be released on July 14, 2020 on Amazon (https://amzn.to/39RWK2B) and at all major booksellers.  In it he shows how de...
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In this episode Kari and Jeff welcome guest Dawn, who was suffering from tremendous complex PTSD and tried numerous therapies without success.  The group discusses what complex trauma is and how Dawn's process of healing has begun thanks to the work of memory re-consolidation. Life After PTSD is produced by Jeff McLaughlin.  For production inquires: jeff@motormouthcreations.com Support the show at PATREON.COM/LIFEAFTERPTSD...
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In this episode Kari and Jeff spend time with client Lisa who decided to work on some uncleared trauma from external circumstances early on and all throughout her marriage.  The three talk about the reality that countless marriages are struggling because of uncleared trauma, many of which long precedes the relationship.   Life After PTSD is produced by Jeff McLaughlin.  For production inquires: jeff@motormouthcreations.com Sup...
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In this episode, licensed mental health counselors Shannon Rowell and Chris Kavenagh join us along to talk about how vast the need is for effective trauma care in the mental health world and how when effective therapists do stellar work with the best protocols, they don't have to worry about where their next clients are going to come from.  Having been trained, Shannon and Chris are part of a cutting edge wave of counselors who...
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In this episode Kari Russo joins us along with Ed, a member of the Orlando Fire Department, to talk about trauma among first responders and how training peer support groups for first responders (like Ed is a part of), we can work to save lives by relieving initial trauma suffering before encouraging longer term care in the hands of a trauma trained clinician or coach.  


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