What’s In a Plan

Having a plan can be really comforting. For many of us a plan provides a sense of security, certainty, and assurance. A lack of a plan can mean fear, uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety. Trusting in someone else’s plan can be just as fear inducing as not having a plan.  Even when that someone else isContinue reading “What’s In a Plan”

I Am Not Interested

Often times we use affirmations and mantras to affirm what we do want in our lives. When helping clients create them, one of my encouragements is to take out any negatives (no, don’t, not, won’t, can’t). But I have also witnessed the power what I will call rebuke decrees. I just made this name up,Continue reading “I Am Not Interested”

Stress makes a mess

I’m not sure the extent to which this dis-ease may have been in my body prior to its full manifestation, but I do know that the year that it fully manifested was a fearful year for me.  And not in an entirely “bad” way.  I led a pretty predictable life for about eight years.  IContinue reading “Stress makes a mess”

National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 5th–11th, was National Hygiene week! This might feel like an oddly specific week to have a national designation for, and for some, maybe it even feels superficial. But there’s a difference between selling beauty products and caring about hygiene.  First of all, hygiene and access to hygienic productsContinue reading “National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide”

July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 3rd was Bereavement for Parents Day. Unfortunately, the experience of losing a child is more common than one might think and can manifest in different ways at different ages. About 50,000 children die every year (Rogers).  Psychologically, parents who lose children at middle age experience a maximum levelContinue reading “July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day”

June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer June 27th was PTSD awareness day, and June was PTSD awareness month! PTSD is complicated. Often, we solely associate being traumatized from war, battle, or massive, explosive violence. And it is certainly linked with those things. But it’s easy to forget that one in eleven people will develop PTSDContinue reading “June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day”

Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Transitional periods are exciting! They mean change, new things, and potential. So why do we hate them so much? Growing pains are simply not something most of us look forward to. Transitions occur at various points in our lives: coming to college, graduating, entering a marriage or long-term relationship,Continue reading “Purgatory, The Twilight Zone, or Grey Areas: Human Aversion to Transitional Periods”

Infusion Day

Went for infusion today. The nurses at the infusion center are really helpful! When this damnable evil attacked me, I was one of those people who 1) declared that Jesus would heal me 2) declared that Jesus would heal me through diet and supplements alone   and 3)after feeling horrific from weeks of my body being attackedContinue reading “Infusion Day”

I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life

In graduate school I solidified my preferred modality of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).   Yes indeedy, it was logical, it was empirically sound.  It fit me.  I liked it.  Over the years I had a supervisor and some other therapists question it’s efficacy to work with most clients, and I could not for the lifeContinue reading “I’m changing my thinking; I’m changing my life”

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