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PeopleMaven’s Perinatal Mental Health Specialist!

I am very humbled and honored to have been chosen by PeopleMaven as a Postpartum Specialist !

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DBT Mindfulness “What” Skills: Coloring Books for Adults

Mindfulness doesn’t need to be all sitting alone and trying to concentrate! Those of us who have very active minds and bodies sometimes need a focal point and a chance to engage our bodies and hearts in order to feel relaxed. That’s fine, no need to feel pressured to be a certain way!

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Book Review: Are You There Alone? The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates by Suzanne O’Malley

Are You There Alone? is written by Suzanne O’Malley, an investigative reporter. She followed the tragedy in real time. She was present through Andrea Yates’ 5 weeks of court proceedings. To write this book, she read all of the transcribed trial testimony, 2000 pages of Andrea Yates’ medical records and interviewed nearly 100 people, including Ms. Andrea Yates and Mr. Rusty Yates, her ex-husband, to write this book.

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Expressive Art: Creating Your Lifeline

Expressive Art: Creating Your Lifeline

The expressive art exercise called LifeLine is a positive tool in the therapy room. Getting an overview of your life can be a first step step towards self understanding and self acceptance.

David came in to see me because he had experienced a panic attack at work. The intensity of the physical and emotional feelings scared him.

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Valentine’s Day: Lavender Rose Body Butter

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Is there anything more beautiful, relaxing and intoxicating all at once than standing near a real lavender field? What lovely color and romantic scent! Nature brings us such joy and beauty!

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DBT Skills for the Fourth Trimester

 

DBT for Managing Emotions for New Moms 

Taking care of a newborn is all encompassing. It is exhausting. And it’s natural to want to give our all to our baby.

How can a new mom maintain emotional balance?  It would be insulting to give a simple answer to this complicated and nuanced question. 

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Thank you Dolly & Sam, 2004 – 2019

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8 tips to set boundaries with difficult people

Joe’s a pretty emotionally balanced person with pretty good boundaries. And still, people got under his skin.  He came in to therapy to consciously develop and deepen his coping skills, so as to broaden and strengthen his emotional resilience. 

 In his personal life, Joe felt weighed down by negative gossiping.  His aunt called often to check up on him. He felt several ways about their relationship. He liked having an older adult to talk with. Yet, there was an (un)healthy dose of negativity served up with the caring as well. The mixed emotional messages were disconcerting. It was not something he had to cope within his own nuclear family.

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Self-care: Affirmations, positive emotions and flower essences

Affirmations alone won’t enact change within yourself, but are a wonderful addition to insight psychotherapy to aid in your transformative process. Adding strong positive emotion to the words will help enlist the cooperation of your wary limbic system. And adding a subtle  flower essence works supports you on an energetic level.

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Most Popular Posts of 2018

Happy reading! Thank you to my loving readers for visiting my humble blog!

Reading opens you up to new ideas and worlds
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