In the last blog, I wrote about how we are effected by trauma and grief, and the different ways people experience trauma. Today I will be focusing on self-care, why it is important, and some different ways to take care of yourself.


 Great question! There are many ways to take care of yourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Additionally, there may be something that works great for you today, but tomorrow isn’t very helpful. That’s why I like to make a list of all of the things that might work, so when you’re struggling your list is already created and you can keep trying something until you find one that works.




Many people, far and wide, have suffered and experienced so many different reactions as a result of the tragic events in Las Vegas. You should never have to suffer alone. There is always someone out there to listen to you, no matter what time it is.

Two wonderful resources I also refer to are:

Crisis Text Line

Text 741741 and write Hello in subject line

They will carry on a texting conversation with you as long as you need

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)

You can call 24/7/365 and there will always be someone to listen to

You do not have to be suicidal to call. Anyone who needs someone to talk to can call

Please feel free to reach out to me or any of our clinicians at Engage for any local resources in Ventura County.

Norine VanderHooven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the mental health field for over 30 years. She graduated from USC with her Masters in Social Work. She is currently in private practice full time at Engage in Westlake Village. Norine specializes in trauma, crisis, depression, and anxiety. Norine is trained in EMDR, and is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults using EMDR. She is She is on the strategic and social media team of American Association of Suicidology and often presents on suicide prevention and risk assessment. She feels privileged to be able to help people on their journey in discovering their authentic self, and working through any challenges they might be experiencing. In her spare time, Norine loves spending time with her family and their dog, as well as getting to San Diego whenever possible.