Category: mental health

The Great California Shenanigan

I returned from my two-week romp through Northern California Monday night with my three hyper-sensitive daughters in tow.  My phrasing might make it sound like I have ten daughters seven of whom have little to no requirement of my presence.  Well, that’s not true….

The Neuroscience behind Mindfulness

I just came across this article this morning–Neuroscientists and the Dalai Lama Swap Insights on Meditation.  This is a fascinating article on the neuroscience behind meditation and mindfulness.  You do not need to practice Buddhism to benefit from reading this.  This is a worthwhile read…

The Essence of Healing

I wanted to write something germane to your life and process.  Something that might speak to you.  To anyone.  To everyone.  Perhaps this might. I go to therapy every Tuesday.  I like to think that I’m ‘getting it done’ whatever ‘it’ is, but, as…

Migraines and Anxiety

I want to write something on the more practical side.  I’ve written before about the fact that I have migraines.  Sweet fancy Moses, do I.  Before I was treated by a neurologist, I had roughly twenty migraines a month.  My quality of life had…

Profound Trauma and EMDR

I have been writing about EMDR and the process of therapy for a few reasons.  I often tell people that therapy is good.  Go to therapy! But then I’m met with this common response: “Why?” That’s legit.  Why indeed.  Providing documentation of the actual…

Mindfulness and Your Thoughts

Here is a powerful idea: Your memories and damaging thoughts are like propaganda.  They are not real.  They are not you. To quote Rhett and Link from Good Mythical Morning, let’s talk about that. Why is it so hard to get a hold of…

The Eight-Week Mindfulness Plan

I’ve written about mindfulness before.  Everyone is talking about mindfulness.  It is the cultural buzzword at the moment.  All those coloring books abounding in bookstores and even garage sales? They’re taken from the ancient tradition of the meditation Mandala practiced by Buddhist monks: It sounds…

Imposter Syndrome in Trauma Survivors

Here’s a story.  I’m sharing it because it might elucidate something for you.  I’ll open with a question. Have you ever felt something like a fear of discovery? Like if people found out who you really were, then they would abandon you because, deep…

Deep Programming and Core Beliefs

I have discussed core beliefs on this blog (Core Beliefs and Double Distortions, Gridlock and Core Beliefs, Core Beliefs) .  After my “career” in therapy, I thought I’d covered all the ground until I landed on core beliefs.  I learned that after putting in…

The Ego and You

Relationships can be very rewarding, but, truthfully, they can be difficult.  This is true for everyone regardless of any residual issues you might face in terms of family of origin, trauma, and relationship history.  This makes personal development in terms of interpersonal effectiveness, perspective-taking,…