Polyvagal Theory… and why it’s so amazing!

Why Polyvagal Theory Is as Amazing as It Seems September 9th, 2021 Why Polyvagal Theory? What’s so amazing about it? How does it help my EMDR practice? Here’s the simplest way I can answer this. PVT offers insights into the functioning of the autonomic nervous system and helps to describe why we feel, think and […]

What Is EMDR and Why Should I Get EMDR Trained?

What Is EMDR and Why Should I Get EMDR Trained? August 12th, 2021 EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. It’s a long name so we just refer to it as EMDR. EMDR is evidence-based for PTSD, however has been shown to be effective for a number of other common clinical presentations. These include […]

5 Reasons Why You Need to Do EMDR Training

5 Reasons Why You Need to Do EMDR Training May 21st, 2021 EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, was discovered by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. This evidence-based therapeutic orientation focuses on the storage of memory as it may contribute to wellness or dis-ease. EMDR facilitates the reprocessing of memories that are “stuck […]

Observing The Observer

Observing The Observer April 8th, 2021 Developing an observer self is a helpful vehicle for mindfulness and healing. Observing the experience and all of its thoughts, feelings and sensations, allows one to shift perspective and awareness. To notice and observe also requires connection to the prefrontal cortex and the Ventral Vagal Circuit. Learning to observe […]

You Don’t Need to Be a Yogi to Learn This

You Don’t Need to Be a Yogi to Learn This March 16th, 2021 In yoga, we often call upon something called a dristi, which translates to “focused gaze”. This may be a point on the wall, a spot on the carpet, or even a point within the body such as the belly button or the […]

The Beginner’s Mind: Letting Go of Therapy Ego

How one goes about healing from the beginner’s mind begins with self reflection and awareness. Sometimes our “expert” mind gets triggered because we don’t know what to do, we feel out of our scope of practice, we feel incompetent, we are burnt out or have vicarious trauma, or we are in a toxic ego driven […]

Asteya and The Therapist Burnout Pandemic

Asteya and The Therapist Burnout Pandemic Asteya is the Sanskrit word for “non-stealing”. It is one of the “guidelines” of yoga, outlined in the Yoga Sutras, or “how to be” attitudes of yoga practice. We can all resonate with this, as it’s similar to guidelines or commandments found in other religions and philosophical practices. It […]

A Mindfulness Practice for Self-Compassion

A Mindfulness Practice for Self-Compassion Self compassion. Something that seems so simple, yet so complex.  Simple, in that we know it’s an antidote to suffering. Complex in that learning how to practice self-compassion can be challenging, confusing, and even triggering if it rubs up against some of our core wounded beliefs. I recently developed this […]

5 Things I Am Grateful for As a Mental Health Professional

5 Things I Am Grateful for As a Mental Health Professional In a year full of grief, loss, worry, stress, and too many unprecedented circumstances to count, finding things to be grateful for can be a challenge.  However, as we know from the gratitude research, practicing gratitude can be a game changer. Practicing gratitude can […]

Hindsight 2020

Hindsight 2020 Unprecedented uncertainty seem to be the buzz words of 2020. This has been a roller coaster of a year full of sickness, death, grief, societal unrest, racial injustice, climate catastrophes and constant chaos amongst those running the country. Your nervous system has likely had enough; Because unprecedented uncertainty is not safe through the […]