What's in a Name: Deciphering Diagnoses

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." ~Shakespeare Every now and then a client will ask me...

Empathy vs. Compassion

"Compassion, it really opens a whole new door to the way of being in the world." ~ Dr. Thupten Jinpa Empathy, the ability to feel what...

Exploring Anger

"We know that anger can be a kind of compost, and that it is within its power to give birth to something beautiful." ~Thich Nhat Hanh...

Why Journal?

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth Have you ever thought of journaling? Maybe a therapist suggested...

Demystifying EMDR

"So much past inside my present." ~ Feist Do you ever feel like there are parts of you stuck in the past? Maybe you experienced an event...

In Times of Crisis

As a member of the Boulder community, I am devastated by the tragedy that occurred this week at King Soopers supermarket. We lost 10...

A Good Apology

What happens when you have hurt someone and you know it? We may have been taught right from wrong, but we are rarely taught how to handle...

Reflection: A Year of Pandemic

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a...

Mindful Moments

This morning I watched the snow fall. Big fabulous flakes, the kind that stick to your eyelashes. I felt the gravitational pull of...

What's the Story?

This weekend I attended the Social Justice Summit hosted by the Trauma Research Foundation. It was incredibly inspiring to hear about...

Celebrate!

2020 has been a brutal year. We have encountered challenges beyond comprehension. We are weary. And there is much to celebrate! We have...

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

You cannot pour from an empty cup. Self-care has become a buzz word we often associate with privilege. When you hear the word you might...

Over-Apologizing

Do you find yourself apologizing… for everything? Is “I’m sorry…” your default disclaimer? For many of us, the language of apology is...

The Inner Critic

We all have an inner critic. It's the voice inside that judges, criticizes, belittles, demeans, disparages, and attacks us. It's the...

Cultivating Self-Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama...

Strengthening Resilience

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” ~ Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese samurai poet) Sometimes the barn burns...

Working with Shame

I talk a lot about shame with my clients. I see shame as the core of so much of our suffering and pain. What is shame? Shame is the...

Racial Trauma Is Real

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. Dion Johnson. These are just a few of the names of the Black lives taken by...

15 Signs of Unresolved Trauma

Over the weekend I attended the 31st Annual (and first virtual!) International Trauma Conference hosted by the Trauma Research Foundation...

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