My last post explored the value of self knowledge, including understanding our defenses, noting that as we look inward with curiosity we strengthen our self-awareness, gaining a greater sense of integrity, and the freedom to mindfully take action rather than to mindles...

    

There's no disputing that you are the expert on you, you know yourself better than anyone else, so who are you? Do you have a clear sense of yourself and of how others see you? What drives your behavior, your actions and decisions? Do you know what your s...

February 26, 2017

As a psychotherapist I've sat with many individuals feeling overwhelmed by or fearing the state of being alone. Some are in relationships, yet struggling to feel connection. Others are fairly new to the area with unfamiliar roommates, or have suddenly found themselves...

January 19, 2017

There are two things necessary to weaken the inner critics impact. We need to learn to disidentify from the critics negative messages, and to accept this part of ourselves, to make friends. As you do so the attacks will soften and grow less frequent.

November 23, 2016

One of the most dramatic shifts along my journey from complex trauma toward a more integrated and embodied sense of self came when I first received Reiki, a form of energy healing originating in Japan. Reiki practitioners tune into universal life force energy or qi ("c...

October 23, 2016

Life involves suffering - no one escapes it. We're born into pain, our own and that of our mothers as they deliver us into this world. A myriad of growing pains accompany us on our journey to maturation, and few have escaped the agony of a broken heart.

Therapists tend...

September 24, 2016

When I was four years old my grandmother Alice gave me a broach that no longer fastened, it looked like an owl that could have been lifted from the pages of a Dr. Seuss storybook. With the broach came the news that I was a "worrywart". I had no idea what a worrywart wa...

August 14, 2016

Our uniquely human ability to make sense of and create meaning from memories defines and shapes the identities we create throughout our lives. As we move through our life's inevitable ups and downs, successes and failures, maturation and aging we continuously construct...

This months post grew out of loss, the passing of a remarkable teacher, Bill Bowen, whom I had the good fortune to train with over the last five years. A master of integrative somatic based therapy, Bill was an inspiration to a large community of healers, friends, and...

For those who are unfamiliar with he term somatic, its origins can be found in the ancient Greek word soma, meaning body. If you're seeking therapy for help with uncomfortable or intrusive thoughts and emotions you might be wondering "why the body when my thoughts orig...

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