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Nov 24, 2023

As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to address a topic that is important yet often overlooked – how holidays can trigger trauma reactions. In our latest episode of Flourish-Meant, host Tina Yeager sits down with expert guest Dr. Barbara Lowe to explore this crucial issue.

Dr. Barbara Lowe, a licensed psychologist and founder of Greenleaf psychological and support services, sheds light on why trauma is something we should be aware of during the holiday season. She explains how being around our families can bring up unmet needs and traumas, reminding us of the brokenness of this world.

Even in the best of circumstances, we all carry some form of trauma due to the fallen nature of our world and the unseen enemy that seeks to disrupt our lives.

During the episode, Dr. Barbara Lowe shares powerful insights into the impact of triggers during holidays. She discusses different scenarios, such as encountering familiar scents, tastes, or music that transport us back to past experiences.

Additionally, being around certain family members or revisiting places of suffering and trauma can bring up intense emotions. Dr. Barbara Lowe provides practical advice on how to navigate these triggers effectively.

Tina and Dr. Barbara Lowe emphasize the importance of seeking the Lord during these challenging moments. Turning towards Him provides a safe attachment and a source of strength. Additionally, they discuss the concept of self-parenting or developing self-momming skills, where we offer ourselves the love, acceptance, and support we may have lacked in our past.

Dr. Barbara Lowe introduces her book, "Healing Encounters with Jesus in Psychology," which offers a comprehensive guide to healing trauma and satisfying unmet needs. Connect with Dr. Barbara at drbarbaraministries.org. 

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