Natosha Monroe

Natosha Monroe

Natosha Monroe is a counselor intern with the LifeWorks Group in Texas (www.wefixbrains.com). She specializes in the empowerment of trauma survivors, Veterans, first responders, and expats. Blog contents are her own and do not represent the Army or DoD.

  • The Unlimited Potential of a Cohort of Therapists: Let’s Avoid the Island of My Own Personal Interests

    Oct 27, 2010
    I just completed a Qualitative Research Methods course in my PhD program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (which sounds dull but was AMAZING, thanks to the great Dr. Leahy, ha). Over this past year our portion (there are two) of the International Psychology cohort became very close. After witnessing our interactions and apparent bond, we were asked by a professor: “If you are willing, tell me... how is it that this group became what I see an exemplar for what is possible in an online learning situation?...How can we…support other students to create the kind of learning community you have created?”
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  • Hot Tea, Orange Slices, And NFL Football

    Oct 20, 2010
    Hot tea, orange slices, and NFL football: What in the world do these three things have in common? I’m sure ya’ll could probably come up with some pretty weird answers to that question. But for me, these are perhaps my top three “things that bring me joy and make me feel like I’m back at home for a minute” luxuries here in Afghanistan. They make me feel a bit more content and well, just a bit happier when I’m indulging in them for a moment. I’ve noticed this and pondered a bit on the “why.” The hot tea one is easy, as is the NFL football—nostalgia of being home with family as a kid and ever since. Maybe just that moment of something familiar attached to pleasant memories releases some kind of relaxing chemical or something—anyone care to enlighten me?
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  • Sometimes The “Little Things” Can Be The Most Therapeutic

    Oct 13, 2010
    Do you ever wish you could do more for your clients to help improve their situations? I sometimes wish I had the ability—just for a moment—to jump into their bodies a’ la Whoopi Goldberg in “Ghost” so they can see things differently, more realistically, or just realize their value as a human being who deserves to be happy. Ok, so maybe doing the Whoopi Goldberg thing is a bit creepy and I wouldn’t want to go that far. But you get my point. I was reminded of the power of “the little things” a few days ago.
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  • Why So Many Veterans Have Sleep Issues & Could This Lead to Misdiagnoses? Part Two

    Oct 05, 2010
    If one doesn’t sleep an entire night through for months on end and even up to a year, it’s no wonder it takes them a while to readjust once they are back home. When I was in Guantanamo Bay for a year with nightly-interrupted sleep, it took me over a year once I was back home to sleep an entire night through without waking up. And that wasn’t even a combat zone! Before the deployment, I never had sleep issues—I am one of those people who goes straight to sleep once my head hits the pillow and I stay asleep until my alarm goes off in the morning.
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  • Why So Many Veterans Have Sleep Issues…and Could This Lead to Misdiagnoses? Part One

    Sep 28, 2010
    A common issue we as counselors are likely to see among military clients is their inability to sleep well. First of all, trouble sleeping is not exactly specific to military members, as we all know. Many people in the general population have this problem as well. But I think it’s important not to jump to conclusions about a Veteran’s lack of sleep being due to PTSD, nightmares, or stress, but to instead consider very simple factors which, once understood, might be the true obstacles to sleep—and much more easily remedied. From a previous year-long deployment and now this one in Afghanistan, I can hopefully offer some ideas and insight one might not have considered otherwise in explaining possibilities for a lack of sleep among Veterans.
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