S5 Episode 3: Trauma, A Story of Survival/Treating Trauma

Trauma Sisterhood of the Second Act
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Lenora Farrington survived a traumatic attack using her skills as a black belt. Trauma is not always that overt.

A Survivors Story

As a realtor, Lenora Farrington has held dozens of open houses. In June of 2020, the open house she hosted near Smith Mountain Lake became a nightmare. Nothing seemed unusual at first, a man in his 30s was one of the visitors. He signed the registry and held a conversation with Lenora for more than 30 minutes.

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Lenora Farrington

She did find it unusual that he had a wrench in his back pocket. When she asked he mentioned that he was a plumber and always had tools on his person, a habit Lenora’s own father had. The man left only to return when the last visitor departed. If Lenora had not been a black belt, this story would have ended much differently.

Treating Trauma

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Cyndi Richards

The attack Lenora experienced that day was traumatic and left life long scars. Not all trauma is that overt. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Cyndi Richards says trauma is an individual experience. What might be traumatic for one person may not have an impact on another. She, like many other counselors, is seeing more demand for psychological services. She says trauma caused by the pandemic may be to blame. Even if you did not experience a loss of a loved one or have a serious illness, the pandemic still could have caused trauma to you or your loved ones. The isolation, uncertainty and the threat of illness is enough to have caused trauma. Cyndi also urges everyone not to minimize those feelings of loss, depression or anger. She says that will only push those feelings down which could lead to an eruption down the road.

Learn more about trauma in this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act. If you or someone you love needs help please see the links below.

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Show Notes

Lenora Farrington

Cyndi Richards cyndi@tc-cc.net

Tinker Creek Creative Counseling

Right Help Right Now A Virginia program to help individuals and families get the mental and behavioral health care they need.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline call or text for help

Understanding the Impact of Trauma

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