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Embracing Challenging Emotions

Many of us grew up in families where avoiding expression of emotion was valued. We weren’t provided safe space to feel or express a full range of emotion. Perhaps our primary caregivers worked really hard to avoid their own challenging emotions thereby only praising us for those feelings viewed...

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Why Breathe?

Over the years of providing psychotherapy I have often heard from clients that they are averse to taking deep breaths when coping with distressing thoughts or situations. I can understand this perspective, and it makes logical sense that thinking more about those distressing thoughts or situation...

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Healing Trauma with Yoga and Meditation

It is said the the buddha teaches one thing, suffering and the end of suffering (Salzberg). Although, the Buddhist concept of suffering is not limited only to trauma, it is helpful in understanding how our relationship with trauma creates suffering. Mark Epstein is a Buddhist scholar and psychoth...

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Spring Rebirth

April is a time when we look for the signs of spring. We know that the dead overgrowth of winter will yield to new life.  Our lives can mimic nature. We go through cycles of death and rebirth at various points in our lives. On a small scale, we say good-bye to fellow students when […]

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Ready for Change?

How do we persevere in the midst of trials and tribulations?  How do we maintain a sense of balance in the midst of chaos?  Perceived trials and tribulations can come in all forms and range from child birth, illness, marriage, death, divorce, attending college, starting a new job, transitioning...

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Chasing Zzzz’s

Legend says that when you can’t sleep at night, it is because you are awake in someone else’s dreams.  Although that is a charming tale, experiencing temporary or ongoing changes in sleep can take a toll on your ability to enjoy life and feel your best.  This year’s Sleep Awareness Week i...

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Reflections from a Neighborhood Therapist

“Ask me permission before you ask me a question,” the teenager shared. I quietly paused, to think about what this youth was telling me. It was our second session together and we were just beginning to cultivate a relationship. I was in my mid 20’s and had been in the social service field fo...

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The Importance of Affirmations

This morning, I rolled out of bed reminding myself of my new self-care routine. But first, I had to clear a few mental road blocks: don’t look at emails, don’t look at Facebook, don’t stop to make a coffee first….  I tied my shoes, opened my treasure chest of essential oils, reached for ...

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