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Take a Breath

For the past few months I’ve been learning about and trying (mostly failing) to practice mindfulness. While I haven’t been great at consistently practicing mindful meditation (I get so dang sleepy), I have been trying to be more aware of what is going on around me, in...

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Cultivating Resilience: Self-Compassion

I’ve spent a good part of the year blogging about developing resilience, and we have come to the 6th and last specific skill we can cultivate in order to increase our resilience! This month, we will focus on developing the practice of self-compassion. In my clinical...

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Lessons Learned from Wiping Out

Recently I had the opportunity to attend one of my best friend’s weddings in Los Angeles. The wedding was originally meant to take place in May, but due to COVID-19, was pushed back. Unbeknownst to us, the virus would still be causing problems. I’m not sure a...

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Learning to do Hard Things in Recovery

Like many people who struggle with eating disorders, my eating disorder developed during a difficult time in my life. When I hear clients talk about their eating disorders, it’s never a surprise to hear them describe how their eating disorder helped them through a...

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Lessons From Quarantine

2020 has been a heavy year. I don’t need to point out all the ways, because I think we’ve seen it everywhere, but I’ve been feeling heavy for a few months. I’ve been giving myself grace, but I am tired of feeling this way. Just when I think America is coming together...

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Depression & Anxiety are Liars … Sometimes

Sometimes I share with clients that depression and anxiety function like con artists. They take some data, usually recent memories or expectations, and weave a story that fits their picture best. They get us to buy in, to give them power and sway, often against our...

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Take a Hike

Growing up I absolutely detested hiking. It felt like a really nice way for me to feel foolish and gave ample opportunity to compare myself to my friends and family that accompanied me on the hike. Was I going too slow? Are they not going to want to hang out with me...

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Belonging to Myself

Last week I said goodbye to a long-term client as she moved away. In parting, she gave me a card with a quote on the front that said, “I’m a grown ass-lady and I do what I want.” She then explained in the letter that she sees me as someone who is good at...

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Cultivating Resilience: Mental Flexibility

This month, I’m continuing our exploration of how we can cultivate resilience in our lives! We’ve been taking a deep dive into specific skills we can master in order to approach difficulty with more resilience, and this month, we will be looking at the 5th of 6...

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Wishing Away Time

I don’t know about you, but when I am looking forward to something down the road it’s mighty easy for me to wish away the time in between. Have you ever done that? Were you so looking forward to the weekend that you missed Tuesday through Thursday? Have you ever...

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Five Building Blocks of Relationship Culture

 My last blog discussed the culture we create within our relationships. If you missed this blog, feel free to check it out HERE. Making any sort of intentional change in our relationships can be difficult to say the least. Navigating how to balance more than one...

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Figuring Out What Matters

On separate panels in our group room we have the words Pursue What Matters mounted to the wall. These words express the core aim for many therapists--to help clients live harmoniously with their values, to do what matters. It seems self-evident that it’s better to do...

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