Infidelity, Sex Addiction and the Trauma Behind the Ashley Madison Hack


Last week, a story broke that has caused more stir than a lot of headlines in recent memory—the Ashley Madison hack. If you missed the story, Ashley Madison is the world’s most popular online dating site, a Toronto-based website that … Read the rest

Breaking the Cycle of Trauma: Healing for Offenders



Trauma affects everyone, and healing from trauma doesn’t end with those who have been survivors of trauma. In fact, it doesn’t even need to begin there. It’s time to open our minds, our hearts and the conversation about trauma healing.… Read the rest

CWAR Twitter Chat Highlights: Hurt People, Hurt People



In case you missed it, last night we hosted our second Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about trauma: “hurt people, hurt people”. We had an amazing conversation online, and … Read the rest

Heal Yourself, Heal the World


“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi

The reality is, whether we’ve experienced some form of trauma in our lives or have been witness to pain and hardship in others, bad things happen in our … Read the rest

How Healthy Relationships Nurture Healing


It’s no secret that healthy relationships make us happy, but loving and being loved is actually good for our health and can cultivate healing as well. Whether it’s a strong friendship or romantic relationship, there’s a scientific reason why love … Read the rest

Remembering that you are not your story


Everyone is on a journey in life, and we all have a story to tell. Where we’ve been, what we’ve overcome, where we’re going, has all helped to shape our lives; but it’s important to differentiate between what shapes us, … Read the rest

Learning to Love Ourselves First



“Self love, self respect, self worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” – Unknown

Forgiveness, happiness, healing—they all cease to exist until we learn to love ourselves first. When trauma … Read the rest

Why having compassion matters


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

When we encounter something joyful in our lives, it’s easy for us to instantly react with love and compassion. But pain doesn’t instinctively translate into compassion … Read the rest

What is Addiction?



When differentiating between “physical” addiction and “psychological” addiction in newborns of addicted mom’s, it is a slippery slope of distinction. It is known that physical addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and … Read the rest

Compassion for Offenders


Tough topic.  Some cultures still take the literal position that “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” is absolutely justifiable.  Of all the people on earth, offenders (people who hurt people) are the ones most likely to … Read the rest