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“Oh That’s Normal” The Price of Minimizing Trauma in Teenagers

https://youtu.be/ERIrhC-RG_0 We all know the stereotypical teenager- aloof, full of angst, snarky, sarcastic, and moody. “It’s just a phase” should perhaps be tattooed on the parents of teens everywhere. Of course, there is some “normal” testing of boundaries and trying to figure out who they are separate from their family, questioning cultural norms and being … Continue reading “Oh That’s Normal” The Price of Minimizing Trauma in Teenagers

Working Towards an Integrated, Empowered Self: How EMDR can pair with parts work therapy

When a person has unresolved pain, trauma or loss, they are often left feeling fragmented.  One part of them might long for connection, the other part keeps people at a safe distance and pushes loved ones away.  One part of the person might be very professional and “put together” at work, but then may come … Continue reading Working Towards an Integrated, Empowered Self: How EMDR can pair with parts work therapy

Yoga for Healing Trauma

There are many of us therapist types out there that are also certified yoga instructors.  For me, these roles inform and enhance one another so beautifully.  Because I work with trauma and with the brave and beautiful people who have unresolved wounds from their past, yoga can be such a powerful process for healing. Yoga … Continue reading Yoga for Healing Trauma

10 Sustainable, Life-Changing Intentions for 2018

https://youtu.be/Hnb0ZtftIs4 New Year’s has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the idea of a fresh start and a reset button. So many of us start the year off with resolutions that inevitably peter out come February.  Sometimes setting simple, one-word intentions can be a more sustainable way to check-in with our selves … Continue reading 10 Sustainable, Life-Changing Intentions for 2018

Spirituality with a healthy dose of cynicism? Yes please!

https://youtu.be/LTGFv81SsMQ I saw this fabulous meme on Facebook the other day that said “I totally manifested that” Then the next line said, “Are you sure that’s not your white privilege?” I thought that was so beautiful and brought up for me an internal struggle that I haven’t necessarily parsed out before.  There is the first … Continue reading Spirituality with a healthy dose of cynicism? Yes please!

Beyond a Gratitude Practice: Some paths need more than a positive attitude

Thanksgiving, a time for yoga teachers, therapists and the Oprah’s of the world to do their yearly classes, blogs and specials on the importance of a gratitude practice.  Gratitude is a powerful force in our lives that can help shift our focus away from the negative AND it can be complicated and nuanced, especially if … Continue reading Beyond a Gratitude Practice: Some paths need more than a positive attitude

“I’m Only Trying to Protect You.” Anxiety has the best of intentions

https://youtu.be/jvlotAKKzYA It's 3:00 in the morning and you're up thinking about whether or not the next mass shooting is going to be in your home town or if you're going to be able to afford healthcare the next month.  It's a regular NASCAR game of racing thoughts and anxiety kicks off its little party in … Continue reading “I’m Only Trying to Protect You.” Anxiety has the best of intentions

“Am I a Terrible Person?” What happens when Grieving a Toxic Relationship.

Maybe you grew up with a parent that wasn’t always there for you or was maybe abusive or neglectful in some way. Maybe you have loved someone that struggles with addiction and as a result has lied to you or stolen from you or just plain hurt you.  Maybe you have had a partner cheat … Continue reading “Am I a Terrible Person?” What happens when Grieving a Toxic Relationship.

How to Not Lose Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Part 2)

https://youtu.be/IGKL0KtNONk It is inevitable- we all blow our tops, flip our lids, go off and down right lose our sh*t with our kids from time to time. If you’re like me an inevitable shit storm of shame usually follows and I am left with the words “BAD MOM!” rolling around in my head. Here’s a … Continue reading How to Not Lose Your Sh*t With Your Kids (Part 2)