First of all, a big virtual hug to you.
These are tough times.
I decided to keep my therapy practice open and offer sessions virtually. I look forward to supporting you and meeting with you exactly where you are in this new way. I am still researching whether insurance will cover telehealth and the policies are updated daily. If you are using insurance to pay for sessions, I recommend calling your insurance company to verify that telehealth is a part of your plan.
Take a deep breath. exhale slowly. Connect with yourself and this moment. Drop down into your body. Ask yourself, "what is the smallest, kindest thing I can do for myself right now?"
Do that one small thing.
And to close, here are some words of wisdom gathered from various sources for our path forward...
"Name your fears but do not feed them." ~ Heatherash Amara
"We were made for these times." ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
"Wakanda is strong enough to help others and protect itself." ~ Nakia in Black Panther
"We are all rowing this boat together." ~ Unknown
“It’s like that quote – we’re not all in the same boat, we are in the same storm, but we are in very different boats.” ~Bethany Simons
"To die is to be human. Anything human is mentionable. Anything mentionable is manageable." Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
"When one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing." ~ Pabbie from Frozen 2
In the Chinese language, the ideogram for crisis also means opportunity.
peace, love & hand sanitizer,
As a highly sensitive person, an HSP, I feel it when there is so much going on in the world. We can feel scattered and depleted. We have these superpowers: the ability to notice and process information on a deep level, we catch details that others often miss, we are creative, we are conscientious, we are intuitive and very empathic.
We are necessary for the survival of the species.
But these super powers have a cost. Our kryptonite? Busyness, over-work, too much going on, over-whelm and over-load, and noisy environments.
In this Tedx talk, Caroline Ferguson demonstrates the power of the sensitive trait and how self-care is a must.
Meditations for the Heart: a new offering!
This mini retreat is for anyone who would like to take time for themselves and learn how to practice mindful self-compassion meditation.
Join me and my amazing friend and colleague, Mary Fish, for a few hours on a Saturday at the Shenandoah studio in the North End. There will be guided meditation, discussion, snacks, and reflection.
Saturday September 7th
1:00 to 4:00 pm
at the Shenandoah studio in Boise's North End
$65, snacks included
email me at email@example.com to register.
A New Offering!
They say to practice self-compassion is to treat yourself like you would treat a good friend.
Are you interested in learning about mindfulness and self-compassion? Please join me and my amazing friend and colleague, Mary Fish, for a 4-week introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion.
Wednesday evenings in March from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the beautiful Shenandoah studio in the North End of Boise.
Only a curiosity about meditation and self-compassion is required.
Research has found that people who practice self-compassion are more resilient, less reactive, and have a healthier self-concept.
This course is adapted from the work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and will include guided meditation, reflection, and discussion. all materials will be provided.
For more information, please see the course flyer.
Looking forward to being with you.
"Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you--with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities." ~ Kristin Neff
For many people, young adulthood is a time of possibility and a time to begin letting go of old beliefs that get in the way of living a meaningful, messy, and joyful life.
This is an article I wrote to inspire discussion around what young adults want and need in counseling. Oh and watch out because this article contains movie spoilers!
read the article HERE
Self-compassion practices can be helpful when incorporated into therapy. This is an article I wrote to generate discussion around the use of self-compassion practice and when it may (or may not) have benefit.
read the article HERE.
I am excited to announce a workshop that I am offering at the JUMP building in downtown Boise, Idaho. It is called Loving-Kindness Meditation for Emotional Health. Through guided meditation, we will explore ways of relating to our inner experience with empathy and kindness.
Much gratitude to the JUMP building and staff and to the body of research produced by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.
Self-compassion has been a vital part of my personal practice for the past five years and I look forward to sharing this medicine with others.
See you there. June 30th. 10:30 to 12:30.
"I came here to dance."