Attention All people seeking professional services from Tracy Deagan LPCS,LCSW.

As of May 7, 2019 Ms. Deagan is no longer taking private clients except through the Interface EAP. Tracy will be continuing services to her existing VCC clients as well.

Tracy is starting a blog based in her her recovery from ICPTSD and a variety of other topics. It is called "Anne N Me" and will be posted on this page. Please know there may be "adult" or "triggering" topics or words expressed in "Anne N Me"

Tracy is also still writing and producing trainings and workshops. CEU small groups available! Custom trainings for large or small groups also available, just ask.

Questions? email Tracy or VCC at v c c @ v i o l e t c r o w n c o u n s e l i n g . c o m (remove spaces), Call at (512) 796-3457

Blog Anne N Me

by Trace Deagan LCSW, LPCS

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Anne N Me

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June 27, 2019

I feel and express things Very intensely! At time too intensely !

I know this and mitigate in MANY circumstances, but I know I am, as my birth kid says -

"a strong cup of tea." ( my "chosen" kid and long term partner would totally agree I think ! ; >

I hope to get better and I am super gratetful for those that appreciate the more esoteric shades of life!

Trace

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May 22, 2019

So I used to be able as they say to dance like no one is watching. Now I mostly feel hounded every day when just walking and I’m alone. But well I’m not alone ! I have 4 humans that have a Right! To be in my space or business ALL the time for any reason. The kid needed me to be but. Plus my home is such I have to choose btw privacy and air flow.

But!

And I have a huge but! ; >

I’m learning to set better boundaries.

Love

Trace

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Hi, Let me try this again. Thanks for everything all of you have done for me. Much love, Trace (not Tracy anymore pleas

Blog, Anne N Me, May 12, 2019

AS USUAL ALL Mispellings, weird exclamations,miscapitolizibgb and shifts ARE MINE ALL MINE!

Dedicated to my Mum Doris Irene Davis. She Is LITERALLY the reason I am alive today with any quality of life and any sense of self!

Doris, I'm fighting the "good fight" for you and will until I die!

I am a Mum and I have ICPTSD. Its here even on Moms day but so is my kid (and my "chosen" kid) and my dogs and my partner and all the other things that make my life great ; ) (Can U tell from there I am smiling so hard my makeup (and smile) are CRACKED?) (But they ARE Genuine)

But, yes I have Intersectional, Complex, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (ICPTSD.) This blog is meant to describe my recovery from this disorder. My hope is that it could be helpful to some folks.

The general definitions of the components of ICPTSD are below.

Me:

I knew I had components of PTSD for 30+ years but my experience only Started to make sense when I slowly became aware of the complexity of trauma I had been exposed to:

- 1st hand with my bone disease "Fibrous Dysplacia" and 13 surgeries and pain that strongly and harshly impacted me on every level. From age 6ish until today, age 53.

46 YEARS! Starting at age 6 I knew I would die every other yearish - yes I was told id live through it but my parents and I had to sign an agreement saying we realized death could happen every time I went under the knife.

The PAIN I had had invade every PART of my Body was my first clue!

But, hey, no THAT DIDN'T FUCK WITH ME! (and if u believe that...)

- 2nd hand for 30+ years as a front line community mental health counselor and Social Worker, and later as a Psychotherapist and Director of Clinical Services. All always with "survivors" of trauma, that belonged to a marginalized group - those with few resources and less power.

- I then had a couple of workplaces that used unfair practices to harm these clients and the folks like us that served them, even more. One of those I was thrown out of after 20 years of EXCELLENT performance reviews! EVERY CLIENT AND SUPERVISEE I HAD FOR umpteen years said, in essence, I was a gift from the goddess. ("excellent" "never anyone better" etc etc.

- THIS PART IS A BLESSING BUT A COMPLICATION.

For the last 21 years I have been raising a non-binary child and, of course, that has impacted me heavily.

My child is FABULOUS! but the world that we live in is not safe for her (or I) and we have to handle that everyday for Both of us.

- For 22 YEARS! ALL HER ENTIRE LIFE! (GET IT)

I have found the web site "Everyday Feminism" to be very helpful in helping me define and understand these self and ICPTSD areas. Not to mention my birth kid ; >

Thanks,

More later,

Trace

Intersectionality

The term, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the overlapping and intersecting social identities that often affect and inform how we move around society. Often these identities are related to systems of oppression, domination and discrimination. Intersecting identities are not mutually exclusive, but rather work together to construct how one is perceived in society. The framework proposes that these identities need to be considered simultaneously and that they reflect an overarching analysis of power hierarchies present within identities (Cooper, 2015).

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Complex PTSD vs. PTSD

The symptoms of PTSD apply well to people who have experienced a discrete or short-lived traumatic event, like a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, or rape. But, they do not always apply well to people who have experienced chronic, repeated, or long-lasting traumatic events, such as childhood sexual and/or physical abuse, domestic violence, or captivity (for example, being in a prisoner of war camp or a concentration camp). In these instances, the symptoms of PTSD do not really seem to completely describe the psychological harm, emotional problems, and changes in how people view themselves and the world following chronic traumatic exposure.

Therefore, some mental health professionals believe that we should distinguish between the type of PTSD that develops from chronic, long-lasting traumatic events, and the type of PTSD that results from short-lived events.

With that, the diagnosis of "complex PTSD" refers to the set of symptoms that commonly follow exposure to a chronic traumatic event. Those that experience long term abuse in a way the feel helpless to changed or "captive to" other.


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May 7, 2019 Todays Update:

Anne N Me

For about 8 years now I have been scared (terrified most would call it) of answering phone calls. Even of people or #'s I know.

I am impaired by ICPTSD (Intersectional Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

ALL DAY

EVERY DAY!

at random times so I can not be sure I will not be breaking out crying, or, of course, screaming in rage - its me eh? - at any time.

ANY TIME ! At ANYONE!

(Well, I am able to not get triggered or express myself too avidly in work situations so far. Obviously in my therapy sessions, they are sacred to me and I can still counsel with the best of them without my ICPTSD saying a peep. I would not be practicing otherwise.)

- With what others would estimate to be a provocation score of...

  • 0 - No, None. There was no NO! Provocation whatesoever, Whatsoever I say! , only a crazy person would mind this. So obviously then you minding this means,you are BAT SHIT CRAZY! Times 1000!
  • “very little”
  • some, but then they would need to ensure I am not BAT SHIT CRAZY! To express even this tepid praise (and they would make sure I KNOW its not really praise but since I am “ill” they will give me a pass for being inappropriate. Its what any compassionate person would do, they say to themselves.)

OR!

some would call ”totally justified” - provocation. These people are very very few (and you know who you are and you are precious to me.) They are surprised and awed I have not just walked into traffic LONG before now.

SO, I Am Asserting!

i just completed a very successful unexpected phone call with our Vet. (said wth quiet pride) (Despite being in the midst of what I believe Most would call their world ending! To Some Degree.)

Trace

(512) 627-7819 violetcrowncounseling@gmail.com Austin, TX

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Who I Am:

I am Tracy Deagan LPC-S, LCSW

I founded this practice 10 years ago and I am now an independent practice psychotherapist.

I hold two licenses and one supervisory certificate. I have been in practice for 30+ years.

In those 3o years, I have developed expertise and advanced skills in all the areas we serve. I love doing therapy and I believes "those 30 years really make a difference! I find I can understand and help much more effectively and quickly than I could with only 10 or 20 years in the field."

Who We Serve:

While one of my main areas of practice is to serve the GLBTQ+ communities, I also work well with folks with other orientations that want an alternative-friendly, alternative-knowledgeable, non-judgmental sex positive counseling option.

Just a few of the issues and I serve are: Anger Management, Anxiety, Career Transition, Chronic and Catastrophic Illness, Coming Out, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Family of Origin Issues, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Kink, Marriage Issues, Multiple Partners, Mood Disorders, Paraphilias, Parenting, Personal Growth, Phobias, Polyamory, Porn Addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Relationship Groups, Self Esteem, Sense of Self, Stress, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Compulsivity, Trauma, Verbal Abuse, Substance Use, and Abuse, Polymaory, and Ethical Non-monogamy.

One other specialty I have is working with partners or parents of those that are "coming out" in some way - adding to or changing their relationship to their orientation, sexuality, relationship structure etc.

Types of services:

I currently provide individual, couples, and family therapy for folks of all ages. I also provide Transgender Transition Psychotherapy services (clinical assessment and documentation necessary to access transgender transition medical options), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Techniques and Orientations:

I am skilled in using Ego Analytical, EMDR, Feminist, Imago, Relational, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic frameworks and interventions. I also use and adapt multiple other types of interventions based on client need.

Choosing a therapist can be a confusing process however it's usually best when we go with our gut and research proves that “goodness of fit” is the most important part of choosing a therapist. What is most crucial - even more important than credentials, specific skills, or education - is that you feel comfortable with your therapist.

The best way to find a therapist is to talk to us and see who you connect with. I invite you to interview myself to see if it makes sense to schedule a meeting.

Fees:

My standard fee is $150.00 per hour. Fees vary from $75 to $150. I do provide sliding scale meetings for some clients. Please ask.

Directions to 907 West Mary office:

Deagan and Associates is at 907 West Mary Street, in South Central Austin. We are located between S. 1st Street and S. 5th Street. Head South on Lamar from Barton Springs Road and take a left at the Mary Street (Heather) stoplight. Go a half block past S.5th to 907 West Mary. It is a renovated building, once but no longer a church.

Once you get to the property, the parking is on the North side of the street. Then proceed down the left hand/driveway side of the property. An outdoor waiting area is just outside the entrance to my offices Please call Tracy at (512) 796-3457 if you need assistance.

Please note that from the outside entrance opens directly into Tracy's office. Past that area are non-Violet Crown Counseling spaces. This means there is no central office open outside of your appointed therapy hour

To Access Services:

Please call Tracy at (512) 796-3457, or, preferred, email tracy at tracy.deagan@gmail.com


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Small group Polyamory workshops for clients and CEU workshop for therapists!

Call or write to get a space!

Polyamory Training for Counseling Professionals:

Ethical Issues in our Modern Relationships

Come get information on the new type of relationship sweeping our nation: Polyamory. Polyamory is a way of keeping your current relationship but adding new ones in an ethical, loving, self and other caring style. It literally means “more than one love” and all our clients need and deserve more love in their lives.

Many think this way of conducting relationships is a way to avoid divorce, the pifalls of serial monogamy etc. This style allows for continuity in relationships without client having to cut off the possability of more love in their lives.

In this training you will learn the basics of this relating style and have the opportunity to decide for yourself whether it is an ethical, viable way of relating for your clients. This could potentially give you a new expertise to share with your clients!

The training leader, Tracy Deagan LPC-S., LCSW-S, is an expert in Polyamory and couples work. She brings more than 26 years of therapy skills and knowledge to her trainings.

Tracy's trainings are also fun!

In a 2016 traditional Ethics class every participant rated the class as fun and informative, helping them to build skills that will help their practice be successful.

Training is available for group of 5 or more. You can meet at my comfortable and unusual downtown location in a hundred year old, renovated church or I can come to you at your offices.

So, get your collegues or friends together and have individualized, interesting and fun Ethics this year. You will earn 3 CEU credits that meet requirements for Ethics for LPC's and Social Workers.

Call (512) 796-3457 to get more information today!

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Why "Violet Crown" Counseling?

When naming our counseling practice we wanted the name to reflect two things: our Austin / Central Texas location and our commitment to diversity.

When a friend suggested Violet Crown we were intrigued. In researching the origin of the name we came across the following in Wikipedia:

“According to the City of Austin's History Center, the phrase was first used in O. Henry's story "Tictocq: The Great French Detective, In Austin", published in The Rolling Stone on October 27, 1894."

In chapter 2 of Tictocq, O. Henry writes: "The drawing-rooms of one of the most magnificent private residences in Austin are a blaze of lights. Carriages line the streets in front, and from gate to doorway is spread a velvet carpet, on which the delicate feet of the guests may tread. The occasion is the entrée into society of one of the fairest buds in the City of the Violet Crown."[2]”

We also saw :

“The phrase is generally thought to refer to the atmospheric phenomenon more commonly known as the Belt of Venus. The phrase is also said to be connected to the moonlight towers of Austin[3].”

We thought, 'What could be more Austin than this?'. Plus the reference to Venus, goddess of love seemed appropriate as the center was born out of love - our love of working together and our love of our community which we all have a long-standing commitment to.

The name also incorporated the traditional “alternative” or “gay” color purple as well as invoking “kings” and “queens” - which some of our members proudly identify as.

We hope you like it as much as we do.

Violet Crown Counseling (512) 796-3457 Austin, TX

"GLBTQP,etc. Changing the world one letter at a time! "