PTSD 101: Fight, Flight & Freeze – Surviving a Freeze

I had a full-blown PTSD Freeze moment yesterday.   I’ll be honest, it caught me off guard.  For the past month, I have not experienced any of the physical effects of my C-PTSD.  A change I contribute that to reaching the apex of my trauma work mid-December.  Physically I’ve felt the difference. I am no longer fighting night terrors orContinue reading “PTSD 101: Fight, Flight & Freeze – Surviving a Freeze”

Healing thru Hair?!? How my Dreads are Part of my Trauma Journey

My first semester at Texas A&M I regularly crossed paths with this beautiful red-headed woman with dreadlocks.  From the moment I saw her, my spirit was excited by her.  This lovely hippie soul STOOD OUT in the conservative, deep-south of the early 2000’s.  In my mind, she is embodiment of health and self-confidence.  For many years she has actedContinue reading “Healing thru Hair?!? How my Dreads are Part of my Trauma Journey”

Is Trauma Stopping you from Realizing your New Year Resolutions?

I think it’s the most amazing little nod from the universe that the end of the holiday shopping season coincides with the beginning of the new calendar year.  We go from the time of year when we feel least centered and balanced, to a time when (very briefly at least) we have a completely clean slate.  Continue reading “Is Trauma Stopping you from Realizing your New Year Resolutions?”

Trauma 101: Before You Start Trauma Journey

As scary as the journey can be. The path out of that hell is to choose to face the darkness. For those who are engaging in your own trauma work as part of their 2020 intentions, I’d like to share a few guideposts from my own journey.

Adios 2019 – I’m Happy to See You Go

It is January 1, 2020.  Lets just say 2019 is a year I am grateful to be leaving in the past.  Very few aspects of my life bear any resemblance to the life I naïvely believed I had built just twelve months ago.  It was an ugly and painful year that came with a side of destruction. AsContinue reading “Adios 2019 – I’m Happy to See You Go”

How did I end up here?

After two months of mulling over this project, a conversation with my dear friend Phillip helped me realize today was the day to jump in. Hi there! My name is Jamie Schmidt. I’m two weeks away from turning thirty, and my life is a complete wreck. I’m trained as a Licensed Professional Counselor though myContinue reading “How did I end up here?”