Oprah and Miscommunication
We’ve all heard that miscommunication can be a major source of difficulty. We’ve also all experienced it, whether we recognize it or not. I saw an episode of Oprah recently that is a perfect example of the communication problems we experience. The episode was a discussion between Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant (http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/A-No-Holds-Barred-Conversation-with-Expert-Iyanla-Vanzant ). Iyanla had […]
Expectations and Letting Go
Coincidence, happenstance, karma……call it what you like, but when it happens it can certainly make you take a step back and think…hmm. Conversations around the idea of people’s expectations come up quite often in therapy. For some, it can be a significant underlying aspect of their struggles. Becoming aware of those expectations and being able […]
The Holidays can be a time of joy and connection. For some, it can also bring stress, isolation, sadness, and loneliness. Most people don’t like to talk about this aspect of the Holiday season. In part, because they feel alone in their feelings. Christmas music, holiday parties, family gatherings….you can’t escape the images and pressure […]
It’s hard to believe it’s Thanksgiving already…it means I’ve been in Arizona for a year. It really is true…the older you get the more quickly time seems to go by 🙂 . In many ways it feels like it’s been much longer since I left my practice in Illinois. In other ways, when I think […]
Domestic Violence…signs and impact
I have restarted the writing of this post several times. Domestic violence is such an important issue and there are so many aspects to cover. However, I’ve accepted this is a blog, not a research paper. So, I’ve decided to, for now, provide information that might help someone recognize if she or he (or someone […]
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
When we think of October, we tend to think of Halloween, leaves changing, cool brisk air, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Race for the Cure, The Avon Walk, the pink ribbons, and the NFL even wears pink to honor those affected and raise awareness. Breast cancer awareness is a very important issue, and thankfully […]
Doing what I do….
I had an experience the other day that reminded me of why I do what I do, professionally speaking :). It was an opportunity to share my philosophy with others who work with trauma survivors. From the difficulties survivors experience to the incredible growth they are capable of. I left feeling re-energized and more dedicated […]
I take my meds….why do I still feel this way?
Do you ask yourself this question or know someone who does? There are an estimated 27 million Americans taking anti-depressants (Olfson & Marcus, 2009). Before I go on, I want to stress that I am not specifically against psychotropic medication. I believe there are circumstances when they can literally save someone’s life. What I do […]
“From the withered tree…..a flower blooms” ~ zen saying
Take a moment….think about what that means to you. “From the withered tree….a flower blooms”. Do you notice a picture in your mind? Do you feel it resonating somewhere within? If a picture came to mind, what did you see? Is the focus more on the withered tree or did the flower get your attention? […]
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