Breaking the Silence

Website for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Breaking the Silence initiative to address mental health stigma.


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It’s Just Locker Room Talk

By contributing blogger Dr. LaMarr Edgerson

It had been almost a year since I last saw her. Previously, we had unwound, unraveled and released decades of trauma originating in childhood and continuing into adulthood of over five decades. It was very challenging and emotional work that lasted over a year. Finally, the scary voices in her head became quiet, the nightmares disappeared, the hypervigilence vanished, the anxiety dissipated, and her confidence was at an all-time high. My client had reached that point in the therapeutic process that I could finally say, “I think you’re done.” She knew it, smiled and agreed. With a hug, I let her know she could always return for a tune-up if needed.

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