One of the first things a client and I talk about is whether or not they identify with a particular faith. If so, we discuss whether that’s something they want to integrate into our conversations.
Since I live in the Bible Belt, more times than not I hear a resounding “yes”, however, if a client says “no” I explain how I will honor that completely, and not bring any personal faith agenda into our conversations.
For those clients who have said yes, I want to honor their unique relationship with God, and learn how I can partner with them to integrate their faith in a way that feels authentic and appropriate.
As we unpack their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, often what surfaces are harmful and limiting theological assumptions that have reinforced feelings of guilt, shame, and an inability to forgive themselves.
We often don’t realize how powerful our theology is until we start unpacking it.
If I “know” that God is gracious but I “believe” him to be stingy, judgmental, or conditional than I will live in a way that reflects what I believe, NOT what I know. As we do our work it’s vital that we evaluate the underlying theological assumptions that we’ve built our lives on. It would be easy to think that theology is only for pastors and seminary students but it’s not. As people of faith, our theology is one of the most relevant and pivotal parts of our lives.
So today, consider asking yourself if there is any difference between what you might know about God and what you believe about him...and whether that could be impacting how you live.
"WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY?" I AM grateful for life, and taking time to look back and reflect on my past successes, re-evaluate my present challenges, and position myself for an upward trajectory❣AMEN. So let it be.
Take a deep breath and a deep break from the challenges of the day. You owe it to yourself! While you're at it
give GOD some time❣
Always My Love💖,
#gratitude, #thankfulness, #givethanks, #justbreathe, #breaktime, #mentalrest, #selfcare, #healthcare, #mentalhealthawareness, #therapy, #rest, #regroup, #staycay, #realitycheck #pause, #prayuntilsomethinghappens, #praysomemore, #spatime, #release
아 좋다~~거실에 앉아 듣는 새소리~ 그리고 하늘과 바다💙
열흘동안 비 소식에 우울할뻔... 아침에 일어나 파아란 하늘보고 몸이 반응한다... 나가자아아아!!😁😁
#책읽어주기의기적 #그림책 #소통 #마음나누기
#행복 #치유 #테라피 #취미생활 #엄마도그림책 #책추천
#그림책테라피 #그림책깊이읽기 #그림책읽어주는스텔라
❤️Be kind. To the planet. To animals. To other humans. AND TO YOURSELF! ⠀
Self-love is a tough subject that often comes up when I’m doing therapy. We are so programmed to worry about other people that we often take responsibility for their feelings and disregard our own. 🙈 As we learn and heal, kindness to oneself is critical. Without kindness, we beat ourselves up too much to ever get back up and continue the healing journey.
If you’re growing and trying new things to improve your mental health, it won’t always be pretty. You. Will. Struggle. 😩
Remind yourself that your growth zone is just outside of your confort zone. It’s hard to change, but if you’re struggling with mental health - it’s harder to stay the same. ⠀
Sooo... kindly congratulate yourself on trying something new, brush yourself off, ask for help if you need it. Give yourself time — just don’t give up. 🏆💪🏾
The situation at the border is so devastating that it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do. How can we help a situation that appears to be so wildly out of control? •We can call our representatives. You can figure out exactly who that is by visiting https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative •We can donate to RAICES. Link in my bio •We can share information. This crisis deserves to be dealt with, and by sharing and talking about it on public forums, we are spreading awareness on just how severe it is.
Thinking of families affected by this, and hoping we reach a solution soon. #RAICES#usa#bordercontrol#therapy#losangeles#therapist#donate
Love is not your only emotional need. You also need security, self-worth, and significance. Love will interface all of those. —Dr. Jayn, jayn.org
How do you lose weight? I feel like I’ve done everything and I’m not losing anything? •
I get these questions a lot. The truth is to actually lose the stubborn fat, you have to be in a caloric deficit, be consistent in the gym (home gym or garage 😏) in the kitchen, and be patient. •
Goals are not achieved over night. We didn’t gain the weight over night so we have to understand we won’t lose it OVER NIGHT either. •
I’ve been through all the weight lose challenges you could probably think of, but what really helped me was reading nutrition labels and feeding my body the right foods rather then the processed foods. Yes it’s easier said than done we are all busy and have crazy schedules. I’m a mom, wife, have a full time job and try to maintain a social life 😶 •
So no I don’t have a lot of time either, but when you have goals and stay true to these goals you will make time. You will fit in your workouts, meal prepping and family time. •
Life is a balancing act. I haven’t stepped into a gym since having my daughter who is 17 months old now. I’ve found a workout program I can do at home after my girl goes to bed. Yes I work out late a night, why, because this is the time I have and again I have goals I want to reach. Again balancing act. •
If I can do it so can you. Keep pushing, find your motivation and get to work.
Today was my last session of trauma therapy. It’s been a year long process and I’ve learned a few things. .
There will never be a time limit on trauma. My trauma happened in my teen years. As a woman in my 30s, I decided it was time. After hitting my emotional bottom, it was time to fight. Everyone has their own time, you have to be ready. I kept everything tightly locked up in the recesses of my soul, you would never know. I didn’t know. .
There is always a trigger. I hope you are never triggered, it is horrible. The very first home we bought was broken into by punk teenagers. This event, that is so different then my trauma, triggered everything. I didn’t understand why all these past events came flooding back to me after years of being locked up. I understand now, triggers can make no sense at the time but after working through them, they make perfect sense. .
It’s so hard. Sitting down, telling a stranger what happened to me, it was so hard. But she held my hand and walked into my darkness with me. I pushed forward and entered a time I had kept hidden for so long. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) saved my life. It helped my brain process my trauma. It helped me finally process things. .
Don’t ever be afraid to take your mental health seriously. I didn’t for years, and it got me to a very bad place. Speak out, say you need help. Even if you tell one person, unburden your soul. For years I felt like speaking my trauma made me a victim, but it did the opposite, it made me a survivor. .
#wcw : Whenever there is an issue, most Americans tell our loved ones to seek therapy. This same solution can be heard from the first opening chants on Mary J. Blige's hit song, "Therapy." Knee-slapping, soul-clapping music begins to heal the soul and the opening words become one of the most enchanting moments on the song. To add in the mix, Mary J. Blige is definitely presenting more growth vocally than ever on the third single from album, The London Sessions. Emotion breathes through each note, drumstick, and guitar string, making “Therapy” a modern-day classic.
#StrokeAwarenessMonth ❤️ Each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke which is why Stroke Awareness Month is so important to bring to attention these things we can do to reduce our risk of having it. Two of them, which we primarily focus on at Sandbox, would reduce stroke by 35.8% & 23.2% - those are eating healthy & staying active. It's important to stay strong as we get older since close to 75% of people who suffer a stroke are over the age of 65. Make sure to share posts like this to help continue to raise awareness about stroke! (statistics from stroke.org).
De verdad que me gusta lo que hago y por lo cual aposté e invierto 😍🗣 me gustaba el amarillo en mi cabello 🤣
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How is it already July. Always reminds me that it's time of the year to enjoy every moment, relax, unwind with your family, and friends.🌸🙌🏾
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Hola que tal? A distancia del populismo y la moda cibernetica aislado hace bastante tiempo, lejos de los influencers y las modas volatiles, volví a escribir.
Hoy me nombraron esta palabra en una ocasión un tanto histórica, me dejo pensando y recien busque el significado y Don Google, el dice algo asi: Preocupación y miedo intensos, excesivos y continuos ante situaciones cotidianas. Es posible que se produzca taquicardia, respiración agitada, sudoración y sensación de cansancio.
Tremendo y extenso tema no? Una forma de vida que como hacemos para controlar, sera posible? Yo aún le estoy buscando la vuelta, si alguno tiene la respuesta que me la pase, se dice que es una enfermedad, entonces empecemos a buscar la cura.
Y en el plano diario, donde los tiempos cada vez son cada vez más rapidos y pasamos el %90 de la vida trabajando, en una rueda para vender y comprar, para usar y tirar, es muy dificil de controlar en una ciudad rutinaria con ritmos insoportables dominada por estress, ciclotimía diaria y un pais en constante debacle, una población de lo menos cordial, donde buscamos continuamente la supervivencia en esa esperanza que nunca termina, como por dar de ejemplo ver a la selección ganar un partido o mucho mas que sea Campeón de la Copa América, como para aunque sea un dia sentirnos un poco mejor.
Y eso seria mirando el lado afuera, ahora dejando de lado los pensamientos infundados, las preguntas serian, mirando adentro, que hay? Que vez? " El peso de la ansiedad es mayor que el del mal que la provoca"
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ohhhhh ahhhhhh jus claimed my first royalty check from book sales
I won't be buying a million dollar beachfront property any time soon, but that is fun!
My - royalties from a book I wrote - giggle giggle giggle
Is recreational therapy work or play? If you ask us, it’s both. For recreational therapy at our RTC, clients are having fun, while constantly learning new skills. Here is a picture of our elementary school students crafting with the help of an amazing volunteer! Arts and Crafts are only one of the many recreational therapy activities we offer at Devereux! 🎨 RTC #Devereux#DevereuxAZ#BehavioralHealth#Treatment#Therapy#RecTherapy#Kids#Scottsdale
Trauma therapy day = self care day. Did some hard, hard work today and actually feeling good after a good cry and lots of insights/realizations. Taking care of my tender self nonetheless. #therapy#selfcare#traumatherapy
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What Is Exposure Therapy?
This is the intervention I been using all my life unknowingly lol facing my fears
:. Exposure therapy is a psychological treatment that was developed to help people confront their fears. When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid the feared objects, activities or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, over the long term it can make the fear become even worse. In such situations, a psychologist might recommend a program of exposure therapy in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and fear. In this form of therapy, psychologists create a safe environment in which to “expose” individuals to the things they fear and avoid. The exposure to the feared objects, activities or situations in a safe environment helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance.
Exposure therapy has been scientifically demonstrated to be a helpful treatment or treatment component for a range of problems, including:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Feel it ! to heal it !
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How do you connect with the inner child living inside your soul?
Do you restrict and punish it when it deeply craves joy & freedom?
Do you acknowledge its presence and need for your attention?
Our inner child speaks to us in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it’s LOUD. It’s anxiety and panic wreak havoc stemming from a fear of the unknown. Sometimes it’s subdued from a repeated avoidance of acknowledging its pain.
Many of us are letting our unresolved + unhealed inner child run our relationships. We make decisions from a place of inner brokenness and loss, wondering why every relationship seems to repeat itself. Why we keep choosing the same person over and over, in different bodies. The common denominator in our relationships is US. How we talk to ourselves and our inner children can be nourishing or it can be destructive, depending on our willingness to practice healthy self-talk. Which do you choose?
If it requires you to abandon yourself, shut down, ignore your wants and needs or defer your feelings, it’s not healthy love.
Losing ourselves in relationships is a learned cycle of behavior and a byproduct of a dysfunctional family system. You may have learned to function in relationships by overextending yourself or overaccommodating others’ needs with the false belief that, in return for being “good enough,” you will finally attain the love you deserve. Turning ourselves inside out to please others is a vicious, demeaning cycle. Sometimes we fail to notice when we are an active participant in our own emotional turmoil.
Radical self love means:
• acknowledging difficult emotions with compassion + curiosity
• knowing you are inherently worthy of unconditional love
• practicing self-care and making yourself a priority
Holidays can bring up a range of unprocessed emotions, from feelings of abandonment to grief + rage.
Reparenting the inner child can be a healing way to release pent up emotions in a healthy way. If you’ve been curious about what this may look like, I invite you to start by acknowledging whatever feelings might be present for you around your parents or primary caretakers. ▫️What are the qualities of an ideal parent? This will look different for every person.
▫️What are some of the ways you can begin to incorporate the voice of an ideal parent in your every day life?
▫️What are the stories and narratives you’ve held onto regarding your family of origin, & which ones are you willing to let go of in this moment?
We tend to overlook the ways we’ve parented ourselves. Consider the areas you’ve thrived in + acknowledge the strength it took. As you consider the process of reparenting, focus less on what your parents “should” have been like and more on your personal wants and needs. #TherapyThoughts
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.
Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ~ Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank; 12 1929-1945
‘Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower’. - Hans Christian Andersen
So stoked to have been asked to contribute to @trailmagazine campaign ‘Mountains for the Mind’. Spending time in Nature is without question beneficial to our mental health! ➳follow link in bio to read more ➳ Would love to know what additions you may have!
FYI I haven’t worked on ‘the Island’ for years. I prefer the more dynamic, technical shoots ;-) #mindofasurvivor
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Victor Frankl
Happy Wednesday all! Don’t underestimate the tremendous power and autonomy of the “in between” moments. We may not be able to dictate what happens to us, but we do have the ability to decide how we react ✨