Nurturing Yourself through Self-Compassion

Take a moment to think about a recent failure, mistake, or decision that did not turn out like you had expected.  Next, see if you can replay the internal dialogue that took place as a result in your mind’s eye and write…

What is Radical Acceptance?

Radical Acceptance: What It Is and How It Can Help You For many of us, when we believe that something is unfair we tend to become angry, resentful, and blame others or ourselves. This can cloud our judgment, and perhaps lead to…

Just Breathe, Stupid

Inhale while silently counting to 4.Hold your breath while silently counting to 7Exhale while silently counting to 8.Repeat. What if the simple act of breathing is the proverbial “chill pill” we’re all searching for? Well, there is actually some pretty good research…

What does my therapist mean to “sit with it?”

We therapists have the tendency to use a bunch of psychobabble and it may not always be clear what we’re talking about when we use certain terms. Describing emotional and psychological experiences is often abstract and can be difficult to put into…

Understanding Mindfulness

Throughout my time as a therapist, I have worked with many people who have dabbled in the realm of mindfulness. A common thing I’ve heard is “it doesn’t work. I still felt anxious,” or “I couldn’t clear my mind.” I’ll admit to…

Riding the Wave of Anxiety

Anxiety is a lot like a tidal wave. It can build, gaining momentum, growing bigger and bigger until it eventually comes to a peak. The peak of the wave is a point when you are at your highest intensity of emotion and…

Mindfulness: How to manage unpleasant emotions and be more present

Mind Chatter and Mindlessness Have you ever been driving and not be able to remember part of the drive or completely spaced out on how you arrived at your destination because you were so lost in your own thoughts? Our mind can…

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