‘Your Life After Trauma Radio’: The Role of the Caregiver: Triumphs and Pitfalls Of Managing Life After Trauma

Your Life After Trauma Listen LiveTrauma is a life changing experience and not just for the survivor. The loved ones of trauma survivors deal with their own struggles ranging from vicarious traumatization to experiencing the stress of being a caregiver after trauma. Caregivers may experience burnout, emotional numbing, and anger or engage in codependency, risky behavior, or substance abuse.

Because caregivers are not the primary person struggling after trauma, it’s easy to overlook their experience. The truth is though, caregivers are stressed, too, by the shock of the trauma itself, plus the strain of coping with and supporting a loved one who is suddenly different and difficult. There are ways to strengthen and empower the caregiver experience. Learning how to do that can lead to better care-giving for the trauma survivor, and better self-care for the caregiver.

Tonight, on ‘Your Life After Trauma’ Licensed Mental Health Counselor Jemma Coleman will be addressing the complicated role of a caregiver. She will be joined by Louise DiCarlo, a caregiver trauma mom talking about ‘The Role of the Caregiver: Triumphs and Pitfalls Of Managing Life After Trauma’. Tonight, our guests will share their unique professional perspective based on their experience and expertise. Call in with your questions! 877.960.9960

The show airs 7-8pm EST on Seaview Radio in Florida, 95.9FM/106.9FM/960AM.

If you’re not local you can listen by clicking on the LISTEN LIVE button at the top of this post!

To make a comment or ask a question during the show, call: 877.960.9960.

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A few articles about taking care of yourself as you care for your loved one by Jemma from the Heal My PTSD support pages:

PTSD Caregivers Support

PTSD Caregiver Burnout

My guests this week:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Jupiter, Florida Palm Beach County
Jemma Coleman
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jupiter, FL with a Masters and Specialist Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Jemma’s work experience includes running a busy walk-in clinic for mental health and substance abuse intake evaluations and working with families and individuals in suburban and rural areas. Her areas and populations of interest include domestic violence, how faith and spirituality impacts change, and working with adolescents and their families. Jemma currently runs a private practice for counseling in Jupiter, FL as well as provides support for Heal My PTSD.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Jemma is devoted to the Gators and enjoys watching Florida football with her husband. Jemma loves her new home in Palm Beach County and spending time with her family, friends, and three dogs at the beach and all the other natural beauty this area has to offer.

Louise DiCarlo
is a certified online community producer and has been speaking and writing about social media since the mid 90s. She started managing communities for ThriveOnline, a San Francisco based joint venture between AOL and Time Inc magazines. She also started writing for AOL’s EA Teen Asylum. In 2000 Thrive was bought out by Oxygen Media, owned by Nickelodeon’s Geraldine Laybourne and Oprah Winfrey.  In 2002 Louise made the switch over to Oxygen Media and was a Community Producer until 2006.

In 2006 she began doing marketing and communications for small businesses on Long Island and began introducing them to the virtual world.  Today Louise successfully manages marketing, communications and online communities for clients across the world. She is also a featured writer for threevillagepatch.com with a monthly column on social media.


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