Author Archive: Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT

20 Jul

Healing Moral Injury – Four Steps That Help

War demands that people do things that are far outside of civilian life.  The ethics, rules and moral code of everyday life are suspended so that the goals of completing a mission and bringing battle buddies home safely can be accomplished.  A returning warrior’s inner… Read More

13 Jul

This means opening our hearts; A how-to guide

In Dallas this week the President asked us all to open our hearts to one another.  He asked us to remember that each person brings their own inner story to the stories of protest and violence we’ve experienced, seen or heard about this past week. It’s… Read More

12 Jul

The Hidden Wound of Moral Injury After War

Iraqi war vet, Tyler Budreu wrote “They say war is hell but I say it’s the foyer to hell.  I say coming home is hell, and hell ain’t got no coordinates.”  (in Packing Inferno) What could lead Budreu to say this?  In the past few… Read More

18 Aug

Tips For Keeping That Summer Feeling

Every August I wish I could make summer last just a little longer. During my recent week at the shore I even started to wonder if there are ways I could bring those feelings of well being and calm with me as I returned to home and… Read More

15 Jan

New Beginnings

Marking a new year with a new beginning is so common that I was surprised on December 31st when a local newspaper journalist called and asked me “Is it true that January is the month when the highest number of relationships end?”  After my conversation… Read More

16 Dec

When Holidays Are Blue

It has been a privilege for me to accompany people on their evolving journeys with grief and, despite what department store and elevator music is telling us, this is not always the ‘happ-happiest’ time of the year for everyone. All of us have experienced some… Read More

25 Nov

The Benefits of Being Thankful

It started a few weeks ago. Every day a few more catalogs arrive, each one enticing me to overspend my holiday budget. Even worse for me, when I open my favorite online newspaper I see links to hundreds if not thousands of recipes for holiday… Read More

20 Nov

Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics During the Holidays

No matter how old we are, how successful we are in life and how experienced we are in dealing with relationships, the stress of holiday get-togethers can be a challenge. This time of year it’s a good idea to have some strategies in place for… Read More

31 Oct

The Difference that Makes a Difference

It’s not unusual for couples to notice that they’ve drifted apart after a few years of being together. They gradually notice that they love one another but no longer feel ‘in love’ and miss the closeness they once shared. They remember that when they first… Read More

25 Oct

It’s Just Marriage

We’re quickly arriving at a moment in time when we won’t be talking about “gay marriage” anymore because there won't be a distinction between “gay marriage” and “marriage.” When the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of same sex marriage last week the… Read More