Posts by drjennmatheson

5 Steps to Rebuilding Confidence after a Physical Trauma

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Steps to Rebuilding Confidence after a Physical Trauma

by Whitney Prestwood, MA, NCC, Clinical Associate   One of the most common casualties of trauma is self-confidence. After a trauma we are thrown into a space where perhaps the world around us hasn’t changed much, but we most certainly have. Hobbies and activities we used to enjoy and were good at can seem alien and near impossible. Truthfully, how could they not? Our sense of security and reality has been altered and, as Walsh (2003) put it, we may struggle with the belief that we have been set back to square one. Loss of confidence can show up in a variety of ways. Perhaps your body...

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Violence in My Friend’s Relationship

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Jenn, I have a friend who I suspect may be in a relationship with a man who is abusive to her. She has a couple of children with him and I am also worried they might be in danger too. What can I do to help my friend? Dr. Jenn’s Answer – The media has focused attention and channeled outrage over Ray Rice’s incident of domestic violence caught on tape. It also happens that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All of this attention is further evidence that our society is woefully unaware of the seriousness of domestic violence and the prevalence of...

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Announcing Our New Trauma Specialist

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our team of experts, Dr. Jenn Matheson, Ph.D., LMFT. Dr. Matheson has over 14 years of experience in the field of Marriage & Family Therapy as a clinician, professor, and researcher. She provide her expertise and passion in the treatment of trauma, medical issues, and grief and loss among individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Matheson will provide the leadership and vision to continue to make ACG the group of choice for state of the art relational trauma treatment for Front Range Coloradoans.

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Is My Relationship Unhealthy?

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Is My Relationship Unhealthy?

Dear Dr. Jenn, How do I know if I’m in an unhealthy relationship, and if it is, how do I know when to get out? Dr. Jenn’s Response: Whether you have a long history of romantic relationships or you are just falling in love for the first time, everyone spends time assessing their relationship for health. Many people fear that if they are in an unhealthy relationship, they’ll make excuses to stay in it in spite of what messages they are getting from self and others. So listen to the totality of what people who love you and who you trust are telling you about how your relationship...

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I “Lost” My Name in the Divorce

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Jenn, I am recently divorced and have been experiencing a lot of very difficult emotions during this process. For example, I changed my name back to my maiden name after 21 years. This was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. One of my friends said I should be happy and relieved to have my old name back. She doesn’t understand why this upsets me so much. Is there something wrong with me that I am so upset at having changed my name back to my maiden name? Dr. Jenn’s Answer: Divorce is a common loss in our society, albeit a non-death loss. We often expect non-death...

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