By definition, validation is recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid. But, why is it so important? Because everyone wants to feel heard and understood. In fact, validation communicates to someone that they are important and that you are present with them. Fortunately, there are many different ways that […]
I “warn” most of my clients, before I begin working with them, that I am a book nerd and it is very likely that they will hear about books I’ve read or podcasts I’ve listened to that may relate to their concerns. In doing so, I have noticed that I recommend several books over and
I have been contemplating mindfulness this week. One reason is that I practice Iyengar Yoga with local community members once a week. On the last week of the month, it is restorative yoga. For those of you new to yoga terms, restorative yoga focuses on lighter and more supported stretches while focusing on your breathing.
This blog post on taking breaks was inspired by feeling stuck writing a blog post! Taking a Break Last week, I sat at my computer to write a blog post. A few topics came to mind, but none of my ideas developed further. It is important to note, that it was Friday and I really
EMDR is a therapeutic model we use in our practice to treat trauma. Interestingly, many of the inquiries we receive about EMDR come from individuals who are recommended EMDR by their friends, families, or colleagues. Mostly, they are referred by individuals who have experienced success with EMDR! Before starting, many of our clients ask how they
Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagowski explore the topic of how to manage burnout in their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Before jumping into ways that we can address burnout, let’s take a moment to better understand what burnout is. First, let’s look at the definitions of burnout. Burnout (n.): One, is
Hard day? In a stressful and time-constrained world, self-care is essential. But, it doesn’t need to be just another thing on your to-do list. In fact, it is important that your self-care helps to energize and not deplete you. Notice, that many of these ideas can be done in a few minutes or over many
COMMUNITY “Being around people who loved me and whom I loved healed me.” – Dr. Marisa G. Franco Social Connection Quite simply, you are wired for social connection and you need it. Often, you seek connection through romantic love or nuclear families. An alternative route, of at least equal importance, is building a community. Dr.
A question I am frequently asked is, “Can EMDR be done online?” The answer is yes, it can! Over recent years various online EMDR platforms emerged, making trauma and EMDR work more accessible than ever before. What is EMDR? EMDR is shorthand for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy and is a therapeutic model developed by
What is Empathy? Empathy is “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empathy) Also, empathy is distinctly different from sympathy. Watch the fun, short clip below to understand how: https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw Furthermore, empathy is a skill that can be developed. Dr. Brené Brown