Shifting Perspectives: Confusion as The New Norm Part II – Being Open to Experience and Self-Regulation

Ann Masten, a renowned professor and researcher on resilience, has written volumes on this topic. She documented Post-Traumatic Growth and the reality that some people actually improve their functioning after traumatic and challenging experiences. There is something about engaging in responding to adversity that seems to mobilize some individuals, and they come away feeling stronger…

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Shifting Perspectives: Confusion as The New Norm Part I – Tragic Optimism, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Grief

In conversations with clients, friends, and colleagues, and in the materials I have read from numerous mental health sources, the word “surreal” is often used to describe the feeling of this time when we are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. At times, it feels as if we are living someone else’s life – in someone…

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Discovering Transformative Family Narratives

 Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist with over 30 years of experience. Her expertise includes trauma, marital/relationship conflict, sexual dysfunction, and infertility and adoption. Dr. Hollander-Goldfein is also the Director of the Transcending Trauma Project. “To thine own self be true”   This Shakespearean quote that has always stuck with…

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Holding Life and the Reality of Death on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust that resulted in the annihilation of six million European Jews as well as millions of others by the Nazi Regime during WWII. The day was designated by the United National General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005. The resolution…

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Staff Therapist, Bea Hollander remembers Holocaust during visit in Poland

To commemorate approximately six million Jews and five million others who lost their lives during the Holocaust, Dr. Hollander has written an article entitled “We must be vigilant about our humanity.” For a pdf of the article, please click here.   Holocaust Remembrance Day April 23, 2017 By Bea Hollander-Goldfein I went to Poland this…

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Positive Child-Parent Bonds Lead to More Positive Caregiving for Aging Survivors

Last week we observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation by the Allied Armies of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. To mark this day we are sharing observations made by the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) team from the interview statements of survivors explaining how the experience of the…

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Understanding Disasters

As the world struggles to understand the recent Tsunami disaster, and reach out to the victims and survivors, many tough questions are being asked. As therapists and researchers, we are often seen as “experts” at times such as these and find ourselves faced with the task of explaining the unexplainable and shedding some light on…

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