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Viewing Mental Illness through a Spiritual Lens

Many clients that end up in my office want to work on what they view as a “spiritual crisis” in their lives. This crisis manifests in a variety of ways, either through the loss of a loved one, an addiction to some mind numbing substance or behavior, a trauma of some sort, debilitating depression or anxiety, or as I often call it, they find themselves riding the “Vortex of Crazy Train” and they are unable to get off. I often conceptualize the crisis my client’s are experiencing as a growing edge, an opportunity for spiritual, emotional and psychological growth. I don’t feel there is anything shameful about growing and evolving, rather, I see it as a unique opportunity for me to be able to companion…

Silent Spring

A wonderful writer that I follow is Jeff Brown, author of “Love it Forward” and “Ascending With Both Feet on the Ground”.  Jeff is a man that has done a lot of his on work, especially around his relationships with women.   This is a man that “get’s it!” I especially like his take on healthy silence within a relationship.  If you’re going to have an authentic relationship with your partner, exercising healthy silence keeps the relational connection in tact. “There are two types of relational silence- one that serves the connection, one that damages it. In the first, silence comes with the qualifier “I need some quiet time to reflect”, which is healthy and respectful of the connection. In the second, silence comes with…

Compassion

February has always been a difficult month for me.  This month, more so than any other month of the year, feels like an assault to my senses.  All you have to do is walk into a store, a school or even a restaurant and you’re met with the pervasive cultural more that we live in a “couples world”.  The boxes of chocolate, the movies that are released, the romantic songs on the radio and images of “Valentines” all serve as painful reminders that I’m single in a couple’s world. This month always punctuates that I’m a divorced, single mom and I have been for years; twelve years in fact.    I’ve learned over the years that to manage through the month of February and beyond demands…

Happy New Year!

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions years ago, as they often proved to be short-lived efforts at best.  I much prefer to make daily commitments to eat clean, to exercise, to express kindness and compassion to everyone that I encounter.  For me, making daily commitments are much easier to manage, and I find I’m more successful if I live life one day at a time. As a therapist I often find myself asking my clients to consider taking risks in their lives in order to experience real change and personal growth.    For me, I would be disingenuous if I didn’t hold myself to this same standard of taking risks, living large, and being vulnerable.  I do know that the more courage I develop and…

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