Great How?

Great How?

We say this word all the time. Great. And we often assume a positive meaning. However, in my recent trip to Rome, I was reminded that this word is mainly a qualifier of something else. It implies magnitude, not inherently positivity. On this recent trip we took a tour...
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...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

It’s almost the end of April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And instead of giving facts and figures, I want to speak directly to every person out there who is working hard to overcome this – whether you call it sexual assault, rape, molestation,...
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...
Bearing Witness to #MeToo

Bearing Witness to #MeToo

I’ve been a bit stalled on the writing front for the past few months…and I find it kind of fascinating. For a while I felt bad about not writing. But the more I sat with wondering where my writing mojo went, the more I learned about where some of my writing mojo...
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...
Power Over Versus Power With

Power Over Versus Power With

As a trauma therapist so much of my work is centered around power. Expanding the idea of power and cultivating personal power. Power Over: The Dominant View of Power Too often, when we think of power, we think of it in terms of power over. Power over resources. Power...