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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy examines the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and actions. Its aim is to help a client understand how thinking affects feelings and impacts behavior. An important tenant of cognitive behavioral therapy is that while these three factors have significant impact on one another, they are three different and separate factors. Through intentional examination of each – thoughts, feelings, and actions – insight into oneself can be achieved and maladaptive patterns br...

Psychologist Carl Jung said “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”

It’s so easy to disconnect from our emotions. Most people have spent years perfecting this skill – checking out from what they are feeling, disconnecting from body sensations. Distracting oneself has never been easier. There is a nearly constant beg for our attention – people, places, media, ideas and opinions, substances – and the internet has made them all more available than ever.

Additionally, it’s not even...

Sleep disturbances are incredibly common and on the rise.

The American Sleep Association has reported, based on a research founded by the Institute of Medicine, that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. About 40 percent of individuals surveyed report unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the last month. And drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the U.S.  

Anecdotally, I’m not surprised by these findings. They are consist...

There are often mixed feelings and messages that accompany reflecting on the past. For instance: It’s joked sometimes that therapy is all about looking back at your childhood; It’s true that being present is important and much of what causes anxiety lives in the past or in the future; It’s important to learn from our past and the stories that shape who you are. It can be detrimental to stay there.

We receive all these messages about our past and yet even these can be a simplification of what is o...

In my work with Eating Disorders and with mental health in general, here’s something that is consistent: The lines between food behaviors and feelings are complicated. There are a so many reasons why this is the case. Much of society, social media, and advertisement has set us up for failure in this arena. Engaging in food behaviors can feel easier than wading through difficult emotions. For some, it’s been clear for years that food acts as a comfort and/or distraction during times of stress. Ev...

If you have been following along, you have heard me share about the importance of identifying your top life values. (If you haven’t: Welcome! So happy to have you hear! Feel free to peruse some previous posts on values to practice this importance skill.)

Today we will combine the mindfulness work and the values work.

As always, take a relaxed stance. Eyes to the floor or closed, whatever feels most comfortable to you. Feet flat against the ground. Your back against a chair or wall.

Call to mind one...

On this Mindfulness Monday, I will introduce an exercise that just about anyone could use as they begin a new week. Begin this exercise by laying flat on your back (if you are able) - with your knees bent and your feet planted flat on the ground - and placing a book or weighted object on your stomach.

Notice the rise and fall of your belly as you inhale and exhale, the book or weighted object should move to the rhythm of you breathing.

Inhale deeply to the count of three. Exhale deeply to the...

This week I had the opportunity to be the speaker at a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) meeting at Klein United Methodist Church. We discussed Mom Self-care, a topic I have come to be very passionate about. I want to share with you all some of the themes and conclusions I have come to in preparing for and participating in this discussion.

Prior to organizing my presentation, I polled several mothers to discover their answers to some self-care related questions. Here are some of the answers I receiv...

There is a way to combine two wonderful coping resources – mindfulness and nature – and that is through meditative walks.

In a walking meditation, the meditator utilizes his or her sense to be fully present in the moment. I’ve mentioned this before, but research shows that 95 percent of what we are anxious about does not exist in the present moment. These anxieties are related to our past and to our future. Here in lies the real power of mindfulness. Taking even small breaks to be fully present a...

I could talk and talk about the values work (and often do), but today I wanted to share some follow up thoughts to a post about values I did a while back.

Here’s a link to the post I did on identifying your top five life values. Identifying your values in clear way helps to put you in the driver's seat of your life. They allow you to answer the questions: What do I care most about? What do I want to be remembered for? What do I want my life to be about?

The values work is very important because we...

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