Let’s Talk Codependency
Codependency is a term that refers to a type of imbalanced relationship, specifically when one or more people in a relationship over-rely on each other’s thoughts and feelings to define their own thoughts and feelings. To understand why codependency occurs, we have to first start by looking at self-regulation. Self-regulation skills are various strategies we […]
What Can We Learn From a Dandelion?
“Dandelions don’t know whether they are a weed or a brilliance. But each seed can create a field of dandelions…We are invited to be that prolific.” – Adrienne Maree Brown The plants that we often refer to as weeds are also known as pioneer plants. They are the hardy plants that pave the way towards […]
The Power of Storytelling: How it changes our brains and hearts
Throughout time, storytelling has held significant power and cultural importance. Written and oral storytelling is the means through which generations of wisdom, traditions, practical information, and values have been passed down and preserved over time. Stories hold incredible power in our lives. “As far as the brain is concerned, there is an impressive body of […]
How Your Nervous System Impacts Your Experiences
Your nervous system is constantly seeking to assess and understand the world around you. It prioritizes keeping you protected. According to Polyvagal Theory, the nervous system has three pathways – or three states – that each serve different functions to protect us: 1. The Ventral Vagal 2. The Sympathetic 3. The Dorsal Vagal We move […]
Recovering from Perfectionism
Let’s talk about perfectionism. Perfectionism is the refusal to accept any standard short of perfection. It’s a term many of us are familiar with – I know I am. To some of us, perfectionism might feel like a positive thing. We often associate it with traits such as being high-achieving, hard-working, detail-oriented, and having high […]
Is Conflict Always Bad?
Conflict is often something that we seek to avoid or that we experience as negative in our life. Some of us develop different styles of managing conflict – not all of which are healthy for us or the people around us. These styles can develop for many different reasons, often as a way to protect […]
Traveling Life’s Journey
We are excited to host a weekend long retreat that targets trauma. Our retreat, Traveling Life’s Journey – Overcoming Traumatic Experiences – From Surviving to Thriving, is a 48 hour educational and experiential retreat led by licensed and certified clinicians and healers. Many of us have experienced traumatic events to varying degrees and traditional approaches […]
Being Consciously Grateful
None of us like to think of ourselves as an ungrateful person. You probably often feel thankfulness and appreciation for rain after many hot summer days, for help from your friend when you needed a ride, or even towards yourself and the skills or insight you used in a specific situation. Feeling thankfulness or gratitude […]
What is EMDR Therapy?
You may have heard of the term ‘EMDR’, but may not really know what it is or even if you have the letters in the correct order. That’s okay! It’s a rather new but remarkably helpful therapeutic tool. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. It is a rather new, innovative approach that […]
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a true gift to the service of healing and does not require any artistic skill whatsoever; art therapy focuses on the process, not the product. The quality of a client’s art is not the focus, as the experiences and insight gained through the exercise is what informs progress. Art therapy has […]