Relational Trauma: Soft Exterior Masks Silent Rage

With this short break between summer classes and the fall semester, I have had a lot of time to reflect. That can be good and bad. Nature has always been a safe haven for me. I remember running to the large garden in my backyard and hiding among the blossoms as a child to get […]

Wellness Wednesday: Change Is Hard And Inevitable

Change will come, whether we wish it to or not. To fight it is like fighting the sunrise. Better to say, “Ah, welcome old friend. Here you are again.” This quote actually comes from a children’s book that I’m reading, but it’s pertinent throughout life. If you’ve been anxiety-ridden like I have, you know that […]

Even Storms Pass

You may feel like the storm, constantly twisting and turning in on itself and dissolving. You may worry that this storm will destroy you and that you’ll disappear afterward too. Storms can be beautiful, but you are not the storm. You are the entire atmosphere.

I’m Reading Sylvia Plath’s Diary

A lot of inner turmoil has been coming up for me lately, but as I write this, it doesn’t steal my peace and I know I have to take time for myself. Sylvia … ended her life at age 30, and I remember in my teens vowing to myself to end my life by 30 […]

The Tapes We Play

I’m about to run a group on self concept. A colleague just told me he regularly heard positive things about my groups even though I work on an as needed basis around my school schedule. The comment doesn’t really penetrate or compute.  I tell the residents in the inpatient rehab where I work all the […]

Wellness Wednesday: embodied whilst ill

So who gets strep throat in August? *enthusiastically raises hand* If you’re sick along with having anxiety, it can be hard to stay in the present moment but try to take care of yourself by Drinking enough water  Taking needed meds Drinking hot tea  Breathing Being kind to yourself  Getting enough rest  Not forcing yourself […]

Wellness Wednesday: Short and Sweet

Due to a my last doctoral class for the summer finishing up today, I have limited time to really construct something. But, I did meet with a very good friend this afternoon before I headed to my university. She is also very well acquainted with relational trauma and activation. It’s imperative that if you too […]