Have you ever heard the term, “Growth Mindset?” Many people believe that the key to success is hidden in adopting this framework. Growth Mindset is the belief that people’s most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Our brains are adaptable and changeable but only if we consistently challenge ourselves for growth. […]

Anxiety

The Power Of Having A Growth Mindset

Have you ever heard someone refer to humans as left brain dominant? Do you even know what that means? Well today I’m going to tell you exactly what that means and how to get more out of your right brain. Click here to watch my You Tube video about the left and right brain!   What […]

Trauma

How Insight About The Left & Right Brain Can Lead You To Euphoria

I am definitely a believer in a bit of self disclosure. Some therapists are not, but if you haven’t already discovered from watching my videos and reading my blog posts, I am. Lately I’ve been a bit out of sorts, even a little down. This could be for a million reasons, some of which I […]

Attachment

Self Compassion’s Role in Love and Relationships

Have you ever experienced the fight, flight, or freeze response? Our brain’s have a great way of activating a self protection protocol during periods of high stress. If we perceive the threat to be something we are capable of overcoming, we fight. If we think we can outrun it, we fly, and if neither of […]

Trauma

Fight, Flight, or Freeze | Why is this happening and what you can do about it!

I’ve been thinking a lot about self doubt and vulnerability lately.  As counselors we are taught that self disclosure is good, only when it aids in the clients growth, (of course we can’t disclose too much because it would take away from our ability to analyze things fairly.) With some people it comes easier and […]

Attachment

Self Doubt? I’m Here.

When a partner of mine broke-up with me some years ago, I wasn’t ready. It came as a shock. I thought that we were doing fine. In my head, I had planned what we would do together during the holidays. I thought about where we would go, and the shows I wanted to watch together, […]

Separation

GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AFTER A BREAK-UP

I just finished watching last night’s season 7 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones and man, it was a good one. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. For those of you who like it, you know it’s pretty much about dysfunctional families who are fighting to survive, (too bad there were no systemic therapists […]

Anxiety

WINTER IS COMING: HOW TO BEAT THE END-OF-SUMMER BLUES

Every summer my entire family gets together for a July BBQ party. My cousins, aunt and uncle, my brother, his wife, and growing, all go to my parents house. This post reminds me of a conversation I had with one of these people at last year’s party. Now, I wont say who I spoke to […]

Trauma

WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE?

One of the greatest ways to reduce stress and improve mental health is by implementing mindfulness meditation into your normal routine. It is evidence-based and used in many different models of therapy. I’m always using mindfulness in my practice, and teaching clients how to pay attention to their body’s and mind. Being present with yourself […]

Trauma

MY FAVORITE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION APPS

I have this memory of when I was a young girl. I had slept over a friends house and was waiting for my mom to pick me up. While I was waiting, my friend showed me this book that her mom had. It had lots of illustrations of female genitalia. I remember thinking about both, […]

Single

GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR FEMALE GENITALIA: 4 THINGS YOU CAN DO

Many clients seek me out because they feel stuck and one of the most difficult feelings that keep people stuck is anxiety.  Anxiety is a scary word and an even scarier feeling. I too have been a victim of anxiety symptoms and it feels like I am running so fast but my body isn’t moving. […]

Anxiety

HOW TO PROCESS YOUR ANXIETY SYMPTOMS IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS

It’s the holiday season and the best time of year! Right?! …Wrong. The holidays are filled with stress and annoyances. We are surrounded by the pressure to dress, impress, purchase, and be happy but that doesn’t always work out. When they are over we are often drained, exhausted and left to pick ourselves back up. […]

Anxiety

THE TOP 5 DO’S AND DON’T’S OF GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS