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Holiday Joy/Holiday Distress

Tis the season for treats, parties, gift-giving, memories…in the best cases these things can be joyful and tinged by some occasional discomfort such as guilt, anxiety, sadness, or disappointment; in the worst cases the holiday season straight up sucks. Parties … Continue reading

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90 seconds of emotion

Imagine water on the ocean: the push and pull of the tide combines to create a surge and crest of a wave, which peaks and breaks creating a turbulent swarm of white water and strong forces that rush toward the beach, spreading upon the bare … Continue reading

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The Gifts of Imperfection Book Review

I read a book by Brene Brown, called The Gifts of imperfection: Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are; Your guide to a wholehearted life.  This is the book’s title, or just all the … Continue reading

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Monkey Mind Book Review

Daniel Smith wrote a memoir of his experiences with anxiety in the book titled Monkey mind:A memoir of anxiety.  I found this book to be well written and gripping.  Smith writes in a style that it is honest and revealing of his … Continue reading

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Cheerleading

“I can handle whatever crap (literal and actual) that my two year old dishes out” “I am an amazing parent” “I’m grateful for my vast stores of patience, without it I’d surely being snapping ten times a day.” “It’s okay to … Continue reading

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Support is key to incest survivors

I had the privilege of seeing Marilyn Van Debur Atler and her husband, Larry Atler.  The couple came to Steamboat and spoke about their experiences of overcoming the horrors of incest. I read Marilyn’s book Miss America By Day years ago and … Continue reading

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The US Department of Veterans Affairs chose the month of June to raise community awareness of this mental health problem. PTSD can develop after someone has been through a life or limb threatening event, otherwise … Continue reading

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Happy days, happy life

I recently read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project; or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun (phew long book title!)  I enjoyed reading it … Continue reading

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Emotional Awareness

I often encourage client to tune into their emotions. This recommendation comes up if people are consumed with one particular emotion such as anger, fear or sadness, or if they are immersed in depression or anxiety. There is a whole … Continue reading

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Relationship Insights: Schnarch’s Four Points of Balance

Some basics of maintaining a satisfying relationship as seen by very experienced couples therapist/sex therapist, David Schnarch: http://crucible4points.com/crucible-four-points-balance The gist of the article is that it is important to maintain a solid sense of self as an individual in order … Continue reading

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Blues Break

The winter blues have a way of seeping in and sucking the energy out.  With the short days and cold temperatures we end up spending a lot more time indoors and life can begin to feel pretty stagnant.  The routines … Continue reading

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New Year’s Re-Resolution

Here we are three weeks in to the new year, how is your resolution turning out?  Have you made that change you pledged back on January 1 and are now reaping the benefits?  Or have you had some days of … Continue reading

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Visions of Sugar-Plums

“…Visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…” This line from Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “The Night Before Christmas” is a reminder of how visions of the holiday season are a common occurrence.  People often have visions of exactly how events … Continue reading

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Customer Reviews of Therapy

Obviously I think therapy is beneficial, but why just take my word for it. I invite anyone who has worked with me specifically,  or worked with any therapist on a mental health issue, to submit a comment entry below or … Continue reading

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Getting Therapy does NOT mean you are “crazy”

There is a very unfortunate stigma around mental health therapy, people often think that getting therapy means you are at best “unstable” or “weak”, or at worst “crazy” or even “dangerous”.  This stigma is misguided, out of date, and of … Continue reading

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This is. (or The Concept of Acceptance)

Acceptance is simply an acknowledgment of What Is.  Acceptance is a concept which forgoes judgment on a circumstance.  Acceptance is  a mindset which allows you to let go of frustration and disappointment, stress and anxiety, regret and false hopes.  Acceptance … Continue reading

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Thought Distortions

So you read the last entry and know all about the power of thoughts, now what?  If your thoughts are powerful enough to effect how you feel, it is important to know what they are and even more important to  … Continue reading

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The Power of Thoughts

“Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you” –   Unknown Anyone who has been around awhile, in any relationship with another person, knows that this childhood saying is a simplification and knows that words can … Continue reading

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The Practice of Mindfulness

The mind is like a river, always moving.  There are times when the current of thoughts is moving fast and bumping into obstacles, crashing and foaming, there are other times when thoughts are like an eddy, swirling in one place … Continue reading

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Growing your comfort zone

There is a time for comfort and a time for challenge.  A balanced life needs times of learning, growth, and change countered by times of soothing, familiarity, and ease.  Imagine all the aspects of your life that provide you with … Continue reading

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