We are on the cusp of winter and as we usher out this difficult year, I find myself reflecting on those I have lost. I imagine the empty spaces that are left in the homes of those who have passed, the Zoom calls or visits that would be scheduled, the socially-distanced connections. This is aContinue reading “Missing, But Not Lost”
As therapists, we are aware of how powerful language is for both healing and harm. We are also appreciative of how limiting language is of human experience. Otto Rank, Sigmund Freud, and Wilfred Bion all theorized that we are born into trauma due in part to not being able to verbalize our initial experiences. ImagineContinue reading “The Swearing In of A Therapeutic Space: How to Therapeutically Swear and Fucking Mean it!”
For this post, I am going to offer an exercise that is rooted in mindfulness and narrative practices. This is an exercise I would offer to someone who is having trouble with self-compassion, or may rely on intellectualization a lot. This exercise can be conducted with a client (as a therapist), or something thatContinue reading “How I Built Me”
This is the second installment of the Holding Both quotes analysis series. This post explores quotes on anger.
One of the most influential debates I remember from school was, “Is it okay to love your clients?” I am going to let that sit there for a bit…. Sounds like a pretty loaded question, huh? At first blush, we might feel like that’s too messy of a feeling to be able to allow andContinue reading “A LOVE Letter To My Clients”
Does positivity sometimes go to far? A poem on toxic positivity.
Most of us have experienced some form of grief in our lifetime. We know what it feels like and might even be able to describe some of the nuances of it. Many of us may feel lost when it comes to what “to do,” about grief. There comes in grief counseling. Grief is everywhere. ItContinue reading “Grief Counseling: Keeping the light on”
Medical social workers are a rough and tumble talented crew of people. We learn a majority of our skills on the job, but have a backbone of knowledge in caring for others in different capacities. Below are some reasons why going to a social worker with medical experience is an added bonus. Medical Social Workers areContinue reading “Why See Medical Social Workers?”
Where curating hope is on the menu And being together is the venue Where our thoughts and hearts bleed through And fiery red anger turns a deep well of blue Where the unspoken can be shared And all of our wounds can be bared Where we excavate the truth And take the file to beingContinue reading “The Sacred Arena: A Poem”