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Today’s Guest

Courtney Riddle, LCSW

Courtney is a clinical mental health therapist and evaluates clients’ childhood traumas on a regular basis. In this episode, we delve into the role that trauma plays in the mental and physical ailments that manifest in adulthood. As Courtney makes very clear, childhood traumas do not simply go away, we must deal with the issues in order to move forward. While therapy cannot erase old experiences, it does offer coping tools and the chance to form new experiences and associations.

Courtney earned her BS in Social Services from Central Washington University and Master of Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Washington University. She currently practices mental health counseling in Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho.

FACEBOOK: Courtney Riddle, LCSW
EMAIL: courtney@aspirecw.com

You’ll Learn

  • Why childhood trauma can lead to experiencing Fight or Flight reactions without any impending danger
  • Difference between the 3 types of stress – positive stress, tolerable stress, toxic stress
  • Physical impacts of trauma, including altered DNA, tripled risk of heart disease, and a 20-year difference in life expectancy
  • How stress activates immune responses and why this matters
  • Measuring traumatic experiences using the 10-question “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACES) questionnaire can help therapists determine your risk factors (67% of people have had 1 ACE, 12% have had 4 or more ACES)
    • The direct relationship between ACES and health outcomes
    • How trauma translates into mental illness or substance abuse
    • we’re not erasing old experiences, because you can’t. we have to replace with new experiences and associations
  • Being a relationship buffer, not an activator

Resources

  • Take the ACES questionnaire to see how many traumatic experiences you had as a child. I took the questionnaire and had a score of 3…these are not all as “out there” as you would think…and you may be surprised to learn your score!
  • The Boy Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry – One of Courtney’s personal favorites that explores childhood trauma and what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress.

 

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