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WHAT IS THERAPY?

What is therapy? Good question! Essentially, therapy is an individualized mental health treatment plan. Meaning the therapist is approaches each patient as an individual with distinct experiences, history and concerns. The job of the therapist is to hold space for you to gain a clear perspective on your behavior and actions. And to consider your goals and experiences when developing a treatment plan. Insight and progress in therapy comes from taking in what’s known as the therapist's interventions, or nonjudgemental statements and questions about your thoughts and actions. Interventions are not opinions or judgements. That’s what your friends and family are for.  Therapists provide a safe and neutral space to help you discover more about yourself. To remain neutral, your...

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REJUVENATION

A quick scan of popular wellness websites for the word rejuvenation, results in countless quick tips on how to feel renewed, energetic and stress free. Sounds good, right? Lots of suggestions, some better than others, but what nearly all the lists have in common, is getting outside. Whether it is a quick walk around the block with the dogs, or a day long adventure on the trails, we know that when it comes to rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit, getting outside is highly effective. Because, quite simply, it works.  There are countless studies supporting the positive impact of being out in nature. Even simply listening to nature sounds can have a significant effect on our cognition, nervous system and...

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HAPPINESS

When it comes to happiness, my mind immediately wanders through my childhood and inevitably lands on Charlie Brown. Mere mention of Charlie Brown or any of his friends makes me long for tiny Christmas trees and oversized great pumpkins. Chances are if you’re Gen X you remember the musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. And maybe, just maybe, you sang the song Happiness in your school choir. I did and I’m old enough to have seen it come around for a second time at my daughter’s school. It’s a brilliant song, filled with lyrics pointing to simple pleasures, alongside standout deep as hell concepts as, “And happiness is being alone every now and then.  And happiness is coming home...

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HSP

Full transparency, I’m a Highly Sensitive Person. And this has made life, well, really interesting. To be honest it wasn’t until a few years ago that the term HSP came into view. It took me a long time to put the pieces together between the dichotomy of my need for quiet, disinterest in parties, and general social fatigue with my attraction to chaos, love of excitement, and desire to talk to anyone about anything. Did you know you could be highly sensitive and a high sensation seeker? OMG that’s me!  I didn’t know these attributes could live happily side by side as an extrovert HSP. This discovery has rendered the characteristics placed upon me as a child as inaccurate at...

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PLEASURE

Even as a devout psych enthusiast, I admit that when I hear the word pleasure, my mind instantly goes to Janet Jackson 1986. That pleasure principle video. Hot damn. If you know you know. Thanks Janet for making knee pads cool. It’s been helpful to this middle aged mom learning to skateboard. But in all seriousness, let’s stay here for a second. Much like how the Pleasure Principle video influenced and shaped every single thing that came after it, so too does the pleasure principle in the psychological sense. Pleasure is a base of operation whether in song, or pertaining to the human condition.  First discussed by Freud, the pleasure principle refers to our primitive drive for survival. Pleasure is...

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