Archive for September 2017

Admitting there’s a problem is the first step

Many of my clients have come to see their stressful way of life as normal, inevitable, unavoidable. They may carry tension in their neck or back, or grapple with stomach issues or chronic headaches. When starting our work together, they say things like, + “I don’t have time to relax,” or + “I’m not good…

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Quick ideas for taking care of yourself – today!

Pick a card, any card… You don’t need a special reason or occasion to be kind to yourself. If you’re in need of a mini reboot, try something from the list below.  Leave your phone to charge in another room and pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read  Watch a show  Go for…

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We all fear judgment

There’s a reason most therapists want to emphasize a nonjudgmental stance with clients: it’s because fear of being judged/criticized/rejected is a POWERFUL deterrent to connection, transparency, growth and action. Being judgmental can damage relationships; fear of judgment keeps us small and contained. So as therapists, we want to generate as little of this dynamic as…

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Relaxing into the week

Yesterday I lucked into some weekend free time and decided to use it to go to the gym. I was immediately faced with a choice: strenuous exercise or something less taxing?  Part of me felt like I should use my precious workout time to burn a bunch of calories. But right at the time when…

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