Discovering emotional flashbacks 💡
Discovering the concept of ’emotional flashbacks’ changed my life. I read about it on Pete Walker’s website and fantastic and very accessible book, ‘Complex PTSD: From Surviving To Thriving’.
Pete’s resources were revolutionary: I had spent nearly three decades having the most explosive emotional flashbacks, without realising what they were.
In this page I explain that I now realise I’ve experienced traumatic emotional flashbacks in front of many health care professionals throughout my life. Not once did anybody identify that I was having an emotional flashback, or help me find ways to deal with my experiences.
Creating my own flashcards 🎨
Instead, I took my healing into my own hands.
Inspired by Pete Walker’s excellent ’13 Steps To Manage An Emotional Flashback’, I created myself a set of flashcards.
I hand-made them, laminated to protect against the spills, tears, destructiveness, self-sabotage, anger and adventures emotional flashbacks inevitably bring. Tried and tested, of course!
I realised that if somebody had put these cards in my hands 20 years ago, my life would have been a lot less painful and traumatic.
Sharing them with friends 🤗
I made a set for one of my friends, whose response was overwhelmingly positive. She has been inspiring me to continue to develop and share these cards, because like me, she can see the need and potential to help many others.
As I began to heal, I started to share my journey and experiences of complex trauma with my peers. My emotional flashback cards have been a big part of my recovery and I am keen to share them with others too.
Now available for download 🥳
I have now made two sets: the handmade cards above, and a second digital design I also created myself.
I’m producing printed & laminated sets of each cards, which will be available to buy, with all proceeds used to create more Eyes On Trauma resources.
It’s super important for me to make these resources as accessible as possible, so I also want to offer both sets as a free download here.
The first set currently available is the digital design shown here. You receive 22 individual cards, each one designed by hand using digital graphic design software, and saved as an easy-to-use pdf document.
Just enter your email address below and check your inbox for your free download link!
You can print out the cards, or save them on your smartphone to use whenever you want.
Coming soon 🆕
The hand-written cards above will also be available soon as a free download, and as a printed, laminated set to buy or gift to someone. The graphic design set will also be available as a printed, laminated set.
We will also release a version of the graphic design set with a more neutral background colour scheme. If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch.
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Thanks to Pete Walker 🙏🏽
I just want to say a final thanks to Pete Walker, who changed my life and inspired me to create & share these emotional flashback cards. The cards are based on and adapted from Pete’s ’13 Steps To Manage An Emotional Flashback’, found on his website and in his book ‘Complex PTSD: From surviving to thriving’.
It took me over a year to build up the courage to email Pete and ask if it’s OK to share the cards I created, given they so closely follow his work. Of course, I had nothing to fear – Pete is very supportive of what I am aiming to do, and would like his own set of emotional flashback cards!
Download your cards now
So – what are you waiting for? 🙃 Download your emotional flashback cards now! Just enter your email address below and we’ll send a free download link to your inbox… ⬇️ 📩