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...
How to be More of Yourself

How to be More of Yourself

In my last blog post, I shared a little back story on how I came to view confidence through this lens of being and experiencing rather than as a thing to have. This post is all about tangible strategies you can practice to lean into and become more of yourself. While...
5 Parallel Processes of Photography & Psychotherapy

5 Parallel Processes of Photography & Psychotherapy

Over the past few days, we have been exploring Malta. Some of the places here are older than the pyramids in Egypt. One of the places we loved is called Mdina (pronounced like you are saying the letter M then dina, not Medina). Mdina is a walled city that was founded...
PhotoTherapy: An Introduction

PhotoTherapy: An Introduction

Last year I attended a PhotoTherapy Workshop in Vancouver, B.C. with Judy Weiser. Given my background as a therapist and a photographer, I was thrilled to see how my two passions could benefit my clients in a more powerful way. What is phototherapy, you might ask?...
Creative Approaches: Art Skills Not Required

Creative Approaches: Art Skills Not Required

Alongside traditional “talk therapy,” I often use creative approaches with clients in therapy. Honoring client’s choice is fundamental to my approach. However, different things work for different people. And, I am all about adapting the approach to the...
Self-Care Isn’t Everything

Self-Care Isn’t Everything

Does self-care ever feel like an imposition to you? A burden? A band-aid? Or just another thing to make you feel bad about yourself? Perhaps it doesn’t always feel this way. Taking care of ourselves is helpful in many circumstances, but it can be hard to connect with...
Labels are for Problems, Not People

Labels are for Problems, Not People

The stigma of a mental health diagnosis stands out in my mind when I think about why people avoid therapy. In a lot of ways, we have made some amazing strides in this department. So many people are speaking out and owning their diagnoses, paving the way for others to...
Humor Has a Very Important Place in Therapy

Humor Has a Very Important Place in Therapy

While we would never want to rely exclusively on one protective style in life, or in therapy, humor can be incredibly helpful. When I was in college, I worked at the Sanger Learning and Career Center. I was an Accounting Assistant and later a Peer Academic Coach and...