Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life

Leaving Behind Childhood Traumas for Bright, Productive Futures

September 20, 2010
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Actress Drew Barrymore, Actor Todd Bridges, Senator Harry Reid and Former President Bill Clinton experienced the impact of troubled childhoods. Why are some adults able to move beyond the pain of abuse resulting from dysfunctional, emotionally unavailable parents, while others remain trapped?


The Fugitive Game: Coming to a Town Near You

September 17, 2010
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Recently, a newspaper columnist asked me to weigh in on a new teenage version of tag, called fugitive. I provided her with some insights. Upon further reflection, I have penned this parody, an intentional mockery of this game].

Author Shares How Troubled Childhoods Can Be Riddled by Addiction

August 14, 2010
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According to James P. Krehbiel, many children are raised in families where the effect of alcohol abuse is rampant.

Media Generates Renewed Interest in Troubled Childhoods

May 4, 2010
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There is a renewed interest in the impact of troubled childhoods. The movie Blind-Side, starring Sandra Bullock, portrays a strong-willed mother whose care, compassion and involvement affects the life of a homeless, athletic teen.

Creating Civilty in an Uncivil World

April 5, 2010
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The late psychotherapist Sheldon B. Kopp said, “No one is any stronger or weaker than anyone else.” This profound statement is a call to civility. It means that we should never attempt to elevate ourselves while trying to diminish others who we believe are more vulnerable.

James P. Krehbiel Explores the “Magical Illusion” in Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life

March 15, 2010
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Adults cling to the illusion that their troubled parents will morph and become the loving, nurturing adults they always yearned for during childhood.

Author James P. Krehbiel Reflects on his New Book – Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life

March 1, 2010
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When I was a kid, my parents would tell me stories about Uncle Eddie who always wanted to be a writer. According to my mom, Eddie had created a manuscript and he would talk endlessly about its potential and his desire to get it published.

Shedding Self-Doubt, Creating Confidence

January 27, 2010
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After discussing the creation of clear boundaries with Mark, he responded with, “I’m confused.” This reaction typifies those with self-doubt who have troubles with sorting and sifting. They don’t trust their instincts to generate an empowering decision. Rather, self-doubters cling to their cocoon in an attempt to avoid the inevitability of appropriate action.

The Search for Adulthood: Grieving the Past and Embracing the Present

November 28, 2009
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Learning to process and accept our past is a necessary step in one’s search for adulthood.

Life through the Eyes of the Abuser

November 26, 2009
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The victimizer has never processed childhood conflict. He may have been abused or witnessed abuse at the hands or words of a parent. The aggressor experiences psychic numbing that is derived out of his own victimization.

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About author

James P. Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT is an educator, writer, licensed professional counselor and nationally certified cognitive-behavioral therapist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression and the emotional effects of pain management issues. He served as a teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years and has taught graduate-level counselor education courses for Chapman University. In 2005, he self-published Stepping Out of the Bubble: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Counseling Therapy ( His latest book, Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life: Healing from the Battle Scars of Youth (New Horizon Press) is about the impact of troubled childhoods on adult functioning. He can be reached through his website at