Trauma Informed as a Way of Being

Trauma Informed as a Way of Being

There’s a lot of talk about being trauma informed. And trainings. I’ve taken a lot of them.   By all means, a structured way to learn about common ways people feel safe or unsafe related to specific experiences is important.   However, I would caution...
Rethinking “No Boundaries”

Rethinking “No Boundaries”

The more I go along in this work, the more I learn that fundamentally changes the way I view so many things. This past year, I participated in an intensive training called DEEP. DEEP is a fusion of attachment theory, somatic approaches, trauma therapy and depth...
Creating A Life

Creating A Life

This past weekend, I got to hang out with several friend-colleagues that I absolutely adore and respect among the trees and mountains in Washington. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We danced, had sing-a-longs, played games, got lost in the wilderness and overall co-created a space for us...
To the Mothers Within Us

To the Mothers Within Us

Mother’s Day is not just for mothers of humans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s for all of us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our cultural relationship to motherhood is complex. In so many ways we put mothers on pedestals. This can feel good and empowering. It truly is amazing what our bodies...
Connection as Prevention

Connection as Prevention

Slowly, I am getting back into the swing of work life here. And the theme of the week I’m noticing is about #connection. ⠀ ⠀ Yesterday, we found out who’s responsible for the #Austinbombings and there’s so much to observe and so much to say. ⠀ ⠀ The...
Power Need Not Explain Itself

Power Need Not Explain Itself

Last weekend I was in the Somatic Experiencing Training and as part of the experience, we practice on each other and have 1-on-1 sessions with SE Practitioners. In SE, your body guides the experience. As you follow the body, you narrate the experience – both...
Perhaps It’s Not Running

Perhaps It’s Not Running

This past week I moved offices and much of the furniture of my new office is actually my old furniture from my old office in Portland that I have been using in my home. Tuesday was my first day seeing clients in the new space and one thing I was surprised by was how...
Self Care for Shadow Selves

Self Care for Shadow Selves

I’m feeling some strong #SelfCareSunday vibes today. Self care looks different at different times, of course, and one act of self care that feels particularly important is to get to know our shadow selves. The dark side. The side we may feel ashamed of at times. The...
7 Tips on How to Be There for People in Crisis

7 Tips on How to Be There for People in Crisis

Like so many, my thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. As the catastrophe continues to unfold people are wondering how to help. Offering your home, blood, money, time, effort and positive thoughts are all invaluable. Many are also wondering how to be...
Stress + The 3 Sisters of Your Brain

Stress + The 3 Sisters of Your Brain

For better or for worse, when we get stressed out so many of the activities we associate with being human are out of reach. We can’t seem think straight. Or connect the dots between ideas. Focus? SQUIRREL! The inner taskmaster? She’s clocked out for the day. What’s...