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—– “What’s going on…Whats wrong with me…” —–

 We often want a simple answer…maybe just an answer, confirmation…

According to the Oxford Journals, literature now indicates that researchers and practitioners have often confused the terms stress, trauma, and crisis and it indicates that these terms describe both the event and the response.  Understanding what is being experienced is essential for appropriate assessment, intervention, and outcome. And UNDERSTANDING sometimes involves addressing complex issues or circumstances.

*”A multidisciplinary approach involves drawing appropriately from multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside of normal boundaries and reach solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations. Multidisciplinary working is often seen as revolutionary.”

Whether the result of stress, trauma or crisis is from a single event or from repeated experiences, the effects can last a life time…changing the quality of life… and how one views and interacts within society.  And though the reality might not be as obvious as a broken bone, the pain and effects are as real.  Unfortunately, because it is not as obvious as a physical malady, an individual suffering from stress, trauma or crisis can be made to feel like an outcast, deepening and doubling the impact.

*Recent studies support the conclusion that the impact is not only cumulative –  but also additive: correlated to greater impact.

Through our Multilevel approach, it is our desire to have a positive impact in the lives of those that are reaching out for help!


—– Shifting Gears… —–

“The ability to shift mental states as circumstances demand turns out to be a fundamental aspect of well-being.”

Psychology Today states that most people accept that true happiness is more than a jumble of intensely positive feelings—” Regardless of how it’s defined, happiness is partly emotional—Happy, flourishing people don’t hide from negative emotions. They acknowledge that life is full of disappointments and confront them head on, they change gears!

We do not have to allow life to drive us crazy! We want to help teach people how to shift gears.


—– Out of Control… —–

“Illusion of control is the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes that they demonstrably have no influence over.”

So do not feel bad because of the outcomes, it was not yours to control, but we can help teach you how to manage your response. It’s yours!


—– The wolf might huff and puff, but it won’t fall down… —–

We know that empowering individuals and building up self- esteem can boost one’s confidence. However, new research is showing that having higher self-esteem can do much more for us than simply boost our confidence. A variety of studies have begun to demonstrate that self-esteem can endow us with emotional resilience so that when we encounter psychological injuries such as rejection and failure, the emotional resilience will insulate us from stress and anxiety.

In effect, the more we build up, the harder it is to be torn down!


—– Misunderstood, Stigmatized, Criticized…You just don’t get it… —–

On one hand, they struggle with the symptoms and effects of Crisis, Stress, Trauma! On the other, they are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from being misunderstood, criticized, stigmatized: frequent debilitating misconceptions that leads to Self-stigma, a prejudice turned against themselves. As a result, these individuals and families are robbed of the opportunities that define a quality life: good jobs, safe housing, education, food, health care, clean clothes, a bed…things most individuals and families take for granted… Although research has gone far to explain the impact of Crisis, Stress and Trauma, it has only recently begun to understand the Stigma!

There is a fallacy upon some proclaimed…but beyond the pain and under the stain, the essence of who they are remains the same…



*Catherine N. Dulmus, PhD, ACSW, Assistant Professor, The University of
Tennessee, College of Social Work



*Psychology Today.

*Science Daily.

*Psychology Today.

*U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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