Meet Jenny

We are pleased to introduce Jenny Rice as our new Executive Director! Jenny is probably a familiar face to most of you because, for the past four years, she has served in a variety of roles as an integral part of Gracewood’s development team. Helping women who are...

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Understanding Trauma Pt. 2: How Does Trauma Impact Us?

By Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge, MA, LPC In our last post, we began our first entry of a several part series about understanding trauma by addressing a foundational question: What is trauma? In this second entry in our series, we will focus on trauma’s effect on our...

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Understanding Trauma Pt. 1: What is Trauma?

By Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge, MA, LPC Over the next few weeks on the blog, we will be posting a series about understanding trauma. As a trauma-informed care community, we take seriously our commitment to understand the impact of trauma in all the work we do. We believe...

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The Ultimate Redo

By Megan Moursund, MA For trust-based parents, the idea of the “redo” is as familiar as it is powerful.  This quick and effective strategy works with toddlers and teens alike.  A rambunctious three-year-old snatches a toy from her playmate, and the trust-based parent...

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Disney’s Inside Out: Validating Your Child’s Emotions

Last night during the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Disney’s Inside Out took home the Oscar for the best animated feature of the past year. The film, about a young girl named Riley experiencing many changes as she enters adolescence, focuses on our internal, emotional...

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The Power of Vulnerability

By Caroline Sweatt-Eldgredge, MA, LPC In 2010, Brené Brown’s viral TEDx talk introduced an important conversation about the power of vulnerability. A shame researcher studying human connection, she discovered that the difference between those who experience a strong...

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More than Words: Parenting & Nonverbal Communication

By Caroline Sweatt-Eldredge, MA, LPC-Intern Imagine with me a typical day at your office. You are sitting at your desk working on an important project when you hear your supervisor’s voice over your shoulder. “Could you come by my office?” she asks. “I have something...

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Keeping the Holiday Train on Track

By Elizabeth Pennington, MA Just when you think you have your kids on track and adjusted to the routine of school, your little train gets hit with the ferocious holiday storms! Often, these storms hit unexpectedly.  We assume these days are meant to be “better” than...

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