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Joan Sheehan

As a clinician and Volunteer Coordinator for the Southwest Idaho Association - Trauma Recovery Network/Humanitarian Assistance Project, (SWIDA-TRNHAP.org) I have found Sane in Pain to be an effective method of treating trauma in working with adults, families and children. I have known Josephine Jones both personally and professionally for

By |2018-02-19T17:30:10+00:00February 11th, 2018|Categories: Success Stories, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Joan Sheehan

Write Off PTS

Lately, James Pennebaker's Writing to Heal really helped me through recovery of a major surgery. Timothy Wilson in Redirect talks about how studies have shown it works to simply write about what's bugging you in a completely honest, focused fashion for 20 minutes a day for 4 days. Better than some talk therapy for

By |2018-08-15T14:14:00+00:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|2,955 Comments

Research Supports Sane in Pain’s Approach!

New research shows that reflective writing that examines reasons (rather than feelings or sensations), is more effective than talking with a therapist to recount a traumatic event.  Reported by Timothy Wilson in Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change (p.5):  Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), the standard police intervention for officers who have been traumatized,

By |2018-08-15T16:07:34+00:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|463 Comments

Thanks to the Team

Coming out of these procedures is like swimming to the surface of the drugs/pain and then gaspng for air when I break through. Thanks to all for your love, prayers and chicken soup! Our family had two medical procedures this week, my elder daughter's on Monday and mine on Tuesday. Fortunately, Sara, the younger

By |2018-08-15T16:07:44+00:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|107 Comments

Celebrating Cecile

My beloved teacher and friend, Cecilie Kwiat, often quoted in Sane In Pain, passed the morning after Valentine's Day and I haven't been the same since. I've been remembering all the good times with her and trying to write down what I learned.  Here's how we met: Having declined the opportunity to meet Namgyal

By |2018-08-15T16:08:01+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|1,527 Comments

Butter bean, acorn squash & artichoke pesto with field greens in garlic vinaigrette

Back on The Ranch, this communal capitalist real estate investment next to what is now a large wanna-be molybdenum mine that will remove an entire mountain of Idaho paradise that I was part of in the seventies, occasionally people did not bring the groceries they had promised.  This posed problems for the pantry, which

By |2018-08-15T16:08:11+00:00December 20th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|244 Comments

Use Your Words

"Life always changes" --Gorbachev, Vogue April 2013   You have to use your words often. There’s a reason “Expressing needs and feelings” is a major milestone in toddler development.  Communication is vital to getting needs fulfilled. And having our basic needs met does tend to calm us down. Not

By |2018-08-15T16:08:16+00:00May 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Use Your Words

Narrative Medicine

I'm now offering workshops for nurses, physician's assistants and other healthcare professionals to support this new movement in medicine to use the patient's story to help with healing.  From NY Times on March 16, 2013 by Danielle Ofri, M.D.: What are you doing creatively these days? It’s not a question you hear commonly, and

By |2018-08-15T16:08:29+00:00March 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|22 Comments