1 Commitment – 6 DBT Skills

Last February as part of my healing journey, I reached out to a couple of local martial arts studios. Two years into active engagement in my shadow work had brought me to a new level of personal understanding. But I was still struggling to let go of the grip the trauma had on my body.Continue reading “1 Commitment – 6 DBT Skills”

Functions of Emotions

Why do we have emotions? Have you ever taken time to ponder that question? Emotions are universal – we all experience them. And yet, they aren’t something we tend to put a lot of thought into. Unless they are creating problems for our lives. Then we head to the therapist office to unpack our emotionsContinue reading “Functions of Emotions”

Practicing Radical Acceptance with the “Little Stuff”

Yesterday, Radical Acceptance was my personal theme from the Universe. I started my work day by reviewing this skill with one of my individual DBT clients. During our discussion of her homework practice, she shared an Ah ha! moment she experienced over the weekend: This skill that isn’t only for the big stuff! It canContinue reading “Practicing Radical Acceptance with the “Little Stuff””

Weighted Blanket for the Win

Sleep – a physiological state of rest during which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes are closed / postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness is suspended. Ask anyone who struggles with depression, anxiety or PTSD about their sleep quality and they’ll likely disclose a litany of issues: Insomnia – difficulty with falling or stayingContinue reading “Weighted Blanket for the Win”

Mindfulness as an Ever Evolving Practice

On a mission to retrieve an Amazon package the other day, I noticed these exquisite butterfly wings amongst the leaves on my porch. In that moment, the end of this lovely being’s life had profound meaning to me. I felt connected to the entirety of the universe and the cycles of life/death & metamorphosis. InContinue reading “Mindfulness as an Ever Evolving Practice”

Looking Back – It’s All in Your Perspective

My 31st birthday was this weekend. Birthdays are always a time of reflection for me & thanks to technology (Facebook memories) its a point in the year that I always have lots of past data to reference back to. Looking at pictures from my 25, 29 & 30 birthday all brought back memories of aContinue reading “Looking Back – It’s All in Your Perspective”

Why Can’t I Bury My Head in the Sand? Willfulness, Willingness & Radical Acceptance

Last Wednesday I received news that I felt completely unprepared to handle.  Since then, I’ve spent a good bit of time stewing in a sea of negative emotions. In an attempt to balance out those emotions, I’ve also focused my meditations this week on the concept of willingness.  In DBT, the willfulness/willingness dialectic is part of RadicalContinue reading “Why Can’t I Bury My Head in the Sand? Willfulness, Willingness & Radical Acceptance”

Walking the Middle Path during COVID-19

March 11th was the last day my life resembled normal. On March 12, I worked my final shift at my event gig, but the city was beginning to go into lockdown and a whopping 3 people showed up. In the 7 weeks that has passed, life has been both everything and nothing like what IContinue reading “Walking the Middle Path during COVID-19”

Missed Opportunities for Growth

It’s no secret 2019 was not good to me… I got stuck in a trauma loop, I felt like the rug got pulled out from under my feet & I am now in a place of completely rebuilding. I’m currently two months into my phoenix moment. As I go through my days, I find lifeContinue reading “Missed Opportunities for Growth”