It can be very painful to revisit a traumatic memory. Many are afraid to talk about them in fear of reliving the same pain that you felt when it felt happened. By speaking to others about your trauma, you will feel a huge weight has been lifted and that you found someone to confide in whenever you need to talk more about it.
Will I Still Feel Shame After I Talk About It?
When you keep your traumatic incident a secret, it is like you are telling yourself that you are ashamed of your part in it. You also might be afraid that others will think less of you if you talk about your trauma. When the person you confide in supports you instead of belittling you, you will feel a whole lot better. Instead of having a posture of shame where you are crouching down all the time, you can stand confidently knowing that you have nothing to be ashamed of.
How Will I See My Story Differently Once I Tell It?
You may have had false beliefs about what happened to you when you continue playing the traumatic memory in your head. For example, if you were held at gunpoint, you may think to yourself that you were being weak for handing over your money and for crying. It is the shame of thinking you were weak that stopped you from talking about what happened. When you tell someone your story out loud, you will discover thinks about your traumatic incident that you never realized before. For example, while telling your story of being mugged, you realized that you were not weak in that the mugger came to you with a loaded gun while you were unprotected and that there was nothing more you could do in that situation. Learning about the truth may not have happened if you did not talk about it.
How Strong Will This Memory Be Once I Talk About It?
Thinking about a traumatic incident can keep you up at night and not have you think about anything else. If you never talk about this incident, it will continue to haunt you. Repeatedly telling the story will weaken the memory, making this memory no longer have control over you. The time to tell someone about what happened to you is your decision, but talking about it will give you newfound control and strength.
Located in Draper, Utah at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, Corner Canyon works with adults who are over 18 struggling with mental health diagnoses like depression, anxiety, trauma, bi-polar, and other mood disorders seeking treatment. Corner Canyon offers advanced technology to help their clients such as brain balancing technology to better assess the brain for those with PTSD and artificial intelligence to process therapeutic data to deliver a personalized treatment program for all clients. For more information, please call us at 866-399-3469 as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.