Deb Del Vecchio-ScullyDelVecchioScully2015

Deb Del Vecchio-Scully is a counselor/trauma specialist and writer who focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit. She is currently the Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resilency Team serving the Sandy Hook/Newtown community and has a private practice. For more information:


  • The ABC’s of Fireworks and Triggering

    Jul 01, 2015
    Celebrating July 4th is an American tradition complete with barbecues, parades and fireworks. It is pure summertime fun at its best. Unless you are someone who has been exposed to the impact of gun violence as a survivor of war, inner city, interpersonal or school gun violence. For you the bright light and loud booms of fireworks can trigger PTSD symptoms even for those whose exposure was many years ago. As a counselor specializing in trauma, I have learned there is no expiration date on triggering.
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  • The Choice of Forgiveness

    Jun 03, 2014
    I volunteered at a community event this weekend held for the residents of Newtown to come together in a day of healing. Nearly 18 months ago, this community suffered the unspeakable horror of the killings of 20 first grade children and six teachers during a school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This event brought together people from throughout the country who had suffered their own losses secondary to school violence at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and at the Nickle Mines Amish School.
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  • Grieving Mothers

    May 13, 2013
    “Let’s get over it and move on” is a comment left on an article in memoriam to those who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in today’s newspaper. If only it was that simple, if only there could be a magic wand that would miraculously take away the pain and traumatic grief for those spending Mother’s Day without their children today.
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  • The Elders, Equality and Human Rights

    Apr 01, 2013
    The news has been filled with stories this week of equality and human rights regarding the right to choose whom to marry. There have been many personal stories shared on the nightly news of disenfranchisement, discrimination and unfairness by those brave enough willing to risk their privacy and their financial security to advocate for their rights. It has been empowering to witness.
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  • Partners in Hope

    Jan 30, 2013
    I have been intentionally quiet on this blog in the weeks since the Sandy Hook shooting, unable to have clarity about my thoughts, beliefs and feelings, overwhelmed by sadness; I struggle to integrate and make sense of such horrible violence and loss of innocence. I live and work not far from Sandy Hook and it has felt as though it happened in my own back yard. It is an unusual time for counselors in Connecticut as we both experience the grief of this tragedy while bearing witness to the pain of our clients; it is a shared journey of recovery.
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