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Meditation for Boundaries: Blue Circle of Fire

You are busy! The office is humming! Things are totally running amok today! The phone is ringing and you’re working to finish details on a project due this week! You have people asking you questions and your boss asking you if things will be done on time….it feels like a tsunami of people, paperwork and computer work, all at once!

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DBT ABC PLEASE Skills of Emotion Regulation (Part Two)

Remember, you are a builder. A builder of your emotional resilience. Learning the DBT skills, you are a journeyman learning how to be a skilled builder, and creating your personal House of Happiness.

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DBT – ABC PLEASE Skills of Emotion Regulation (Part One)

Think of yourself as a builder.

The DBT skills are your building blocks for your house of emotional resilience.

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DBT Emotion Regulation Skills

The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) section of Emotion Regulation is to educate about emotions and to provide skills to manage emotions. Emotions serve a biological function that helped us survive. Emotions are the ultimate mindbody link. Emotions are reactions to inner and outer perceptions and sensations that instantly prepare our bodies to react via the nervous and endocrine system.

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Self Care During Therapy – Positive Energy Bubble

The Positive Energy Bubble Meditation is one of many self-care techniques you can use to during therapy to shore up your positive emotional responses against inward or outward feelings of fear and negativity.

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Attachment Theory and Good Enough Parenting

Attachment theory is a complex, broad theory that encompasses human, primate and mammalian behavior. It’s a biologically based relationship defined and strengthened (either positively or negatively) by the quality and quantity of social interactions with the baby’s immediate family and social environment.

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Maternal Mortality and Birth Trauma: A Call for Woman Centered Birth

In my work as a perinatal psychotherapist, I have had the honor of hearing many women’s oral histories about their childbirth. I often see women who have nearly died in childbirth, usually due to hemorrhaging.  

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Beeswax to Oil Ratios for Salve

I’ve been making salves for my friends and family for a few years now. And I am still just winging it as far as measurements of beeswax and oil! I’ve had some people ask me about the ratios. In general, I think I do use a 1 – 4 beeswax to oil ratio, but then again, I don’t use exact measurements, so it may vary.

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Expressive Art: Birth Trauma – Bead Your Story

A traumatic birth can be physically and emotionally devastating. Social support for those going through trauma treatment and for long-term survivors of trauma can improve quality of life, reducing anger, anxiety and depression.

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DBT Mindfulness for Daily Life: “How” Skills

Mindfulness skills can be applied to everyday life, used on an ordinary, everyday basis.

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