New Year for Positive Growth

As we ring in the new year with resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and generally adopt habits to better serve us, I want to support you in your goal for greater growth. Beginning now through January 31, counseling packages are available for a discounted rate. Register for 8 sessions for the price of 4! [...]

The Dangers of Survival Mode (pt 2)

In my previous post, I introduced how stress and fear impacts the brain and body. Sometimes the body's recovery from trauma is truncated, and symptoms of post traumatic stress can result. When these symptoms persist beyond one month after the incident, an individual is considered to meet diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). [...]

The Dangers of Survival Mode (pt 1)

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the brain when safety is threatened? It’s important for people (kids and adults alike) to have a basic understanding of brain anatomy and function. I typically explain it to children using Dan Siegel’s hand model of the brain. It’s pretty simple, so long as you can make [...]

Getting to the Best of You

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." ~Aldous Huxley To own and operate my own practice, to provide therapy to those in need for the pure sake of growth and transformation has been a dream of mine since adolescence. I have worked for years, [...]

Four Reasons Why You’ll Want to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness has gotten a lot of buzz lately for all its benefits, but it is a practice that has been around for a very long time. To name a few, benefits of mindfulness include increased focus and concentration, a sense of peace and calmness, less reactivity, improved memory, lower blood pressure, and greater over all [...]

Finding Courage through Fear and Vulnerability

Many ancient cultures believed that to know a thing’s true name was to wield great power over that thing. For example, in Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, siblings Sadie and Carter must learn the secret name of the ominous Set, in order to defeat the tyrant and save the world from destruction. While the book [...]