Coping made easy

A Guide for Coping

“Barking” ever seem like the only way to cope?

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A difficulty with coping, especially after a loss or trauma, is that most of us have a limited supply of ways to cope. If our tried and true ones don’t do the trick, we are in trouble and often don’t know where to turn. Let’s say we cope by exercising and our recent loss is a medical illness or injury that doesn’t allow us to exercise. What do we do instead? We “bark,” keeping ourselves, our family and the neighbors awake. Let’s find a way to fill our coping tool box so this never happens again. If things are going well now, there will be times ahead when we will need coping so now it the time to prepare.


Author: Dr. Ann Goelitz

Dr. Goelitz is a writer and a scholar with a wide scope of clinical experience, ranging from working with trauma survivors after September 11th to her role as a psychiatric social worker at a top New York hospital. For the past ten plus years, she has specialized in her private practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, dream analysis, and EMDR, helping clients navigate transitions and heal from trauma and loss. A seasoned educator, she has done extensive public speaking, published numerous articles, and co-authored an award winning resource directory for caregivers. Her soon-to-be published book, From trauma to healing, has received endorsement and accolades from leaders in the field of trauma. Her latest writing projects include a book on how to cope with stress written with both laypeople and professionals in mind. She has taught at Columbia University and Hunter College.

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