Helpful Resources from Teri Wellbrock
Teri has utilized several resources along her healing journey. More information on trauma, recovery, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care (TIC), and healing can be found here:
ACEs is the acronym for adverse childhood experiences. ACEs Too High defines ACEs as, “ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains and lead to changing how they respond to stress and damaging their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later. ACEs cause much of our burden of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.” More information can be found at: https://acestoohigh.com/aces-101/
According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is defined as, “Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.” More information can be found at: http://www.apa.org/topics/trauma/
An important distinction in defining trauma is beautifully defined as, “Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.” More information can be found at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/coping-with-emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm
As defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ”According to SAMHSA’s concept of a trauma-informed approach, ‘A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
- Responds fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.
A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.” More information can be found at: https://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma-interventions
Healing is defined in its simplest terms as a restoration of health or balance. Healing can include physical, emotional, psychological, mental, and spiritual. Our bodies can become stuck in the fight/flight/freeze response after experiencing a traumatic incident and/or toxic stress. This can result in wide range of unhealthy symptoms, such as panic attacks, flashbacks, dissociation, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and more. See the National Center for Biotechnology Information trauma-informed care site for more information at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207191/
Healing is a journey involving:
- learning to create healthy habits
- structuring a coping skills toolbox filled with easily accessible resources (for example: yoga, nature hikes, breathing strategies, meditation, and more)
- instilling positivity and hope-filled affirmations into a daily practice
- seeking out professional help, as needed, for guidance
- utilizing non-judgmental observations and gentle reminders for re-centering
- learning to disarm the physiological response(s)
- looking for beauty
- living a life of gratitude
- learning to forgive
- connecting with others through sharing your story
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy modality originally utilized to treat the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therapy involves eye movement or other bilateral stimulation to help trauma survivors process memories and experiences. More information can be found at the EMDR Institute at: http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
About Teri Wellbrock
Hello, trauma warriors and advocates
It's me, Teri Wellbrock!
I am an audiobook producer and narrator; writer/blogger; motivational speaker; host and producer of the international show, The Healing Place Podcast; and a registered Pet Partners therapy dog handler of our labradoodle, Sammie (now retired). Having overcome tremendous early-life trauma, my goal is to radiate a contagious energy of joyousness and hope.
Although I grew up in a volatile home, it was also filled with sprinklings of love and affection. Being the oldest of two girls, I had a three-year head start on my sister. I carried dark secrets within the confines of my soul long into my adult years. My struggles with the symptoms of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) would come to a head in 2013, after a 25-year battle with severe panic attacks. It was then, I would seek help in the form of EMDR therapy. Within the confines of that safe space, I would dump the contents of my compartmentalized traumas into a heap of unprocessed memories. Sifting through that pile, trauma by trauma, with the help of my therapist, I set out on a life-altering healing journey.
As a result of traveling this healing journey, I also began to develop my own self-care regimen, including, but not limited to yoga, meditation, nature walks, continued mindfulness training, journaling, prayer, positive affirmations, grounding exercises, tapping, and connecting with others through the miracle of hope. I am excited to share my journey with others, in the hopes of offering a hand to hold as those first steps toward healing are taken.
Proudly, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I utilized this degree while working with children in school and mental health agency settings.
My Heart Smiles
Joyously, I produce and host The Healing Place Podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Blubrry, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Amazon Music, along with many other outlets. I have had the pleasure of interviewing an eclectic and inspiring mix of guests, from across the globe. The podcast has now been downloaded in 138 countries and continues to grow in its global reach. Though guests span a wide range of industries and expertise, the common thread is a desire to help others find healing and happiness.
Additionally, my daughter and I, wrote and illustrated a children’s book, about Sammie, with the sole purpose of donating signed copies of the books to the Sammie’s Bundles of Hope project. Sammie and I, as a registered therapy dog team through the Pet Partners program, visited local schools, support groups, troops, agencies, and shelters, providing book readings, educating children on the writing and self-publishing process, discussing therapy dog training, and allowing the children an opportunity to meet-n-greet with Sammie Doodle.
As a wife and mom of three beautiful children, ages 29, 27 and 17, I live on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I enjoy bike rides along the miles of trails winding through Hilton Head Island, mindfulness practice at the beach, and having deep, laughter-filled conversations with my beautiful collection of friends and loved ones.
* The Healing Place Podcast is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Healing Place Podcast must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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