Anger, Sadness and Fear: Finding Your Inner Activist Part 1

Anger, Sadness and Fear: Finding Your Inner Activist Part 1 By Adrienne Glasser LCSW We all have fear right now. We all have anger and sadness. I am you. I too have felt scared and angry at what is happening right now in politics, but the question I am always left with is: “What can I do?” It’s very tempting to just jump into action. That sometimes means defending yourself and others on Facebook, angrily…

Stop Making Resolutions! How to Create Actual Change in the New Year

Stop Making Resolutions! How to Create Actual Change in the New Year By Allison Abrams, LCSW-R Each year, as evidenced by the rise in gym memberships during the month of January, many of us partake in a process of magical thinking, otherwise known as New Year’s resolutions. In an attempt to cure our holiday remorse, we resolve to fix the ‘damage’ we feel we’ve done to ourselves, either through too much food and libations or other…

Balance Is a Myth: 5 Steps Towards Knowing Your Flow

Balance Is a Myth: 5 Steps Towards Knowing Your Flow I don’t know about you but this time of year can feel utterly chaotic to me. I feel a struggle with over-commitments, winter blues, political blues, and colds upon colds. In one week I had 5 holiday commitments, 4 doctors appointments (between the dog, myself and my child,) 3 huge work projects, food poisoning, and a partridge in a pear tree! It’s not just me though.…

5 Tips To Staying Sane and Dare I Say It, Serene, During This Holiday

5 Tips To Staying Sane and Dare I Say It, Serene, During This Holiday By Lily Leiber, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT How often have I heard in one form or another, “My parents just push my buttons!” And invariably in one form or another, my reply is always the same: well of course they do, they inserted those buttons! For the lucky few (The Brady Bunch?), Thanksgiving is a walk in the park on a sunny day,…

Sexual Assault Stories Flood The Internet: 5 Steps That Help Heal Trauma

Sexual Assault Stories Flood The Internet: 5 Steps That Help Heal Trauma Sharing on Twitter or Facebook can be cathartic. Healing trauma requires more than catharsis however. It requires a reliable method for calming the nervous system. And often, it requires a systematic exploration of the attitudes that preceded and then were created by the experience of sexual assault. Donald Trump’s bragging about sexual assault has provoked waves of public sharing of sexual assault stories. They…

Stop Waiting for the Right Moment to Meditate! 5 ways to practice active meditation

The following excerpt is from Psychology Today’s Middle Ground blog with Marty Babbits: Marty Babbits writes: I found myself sitting on my couch this weekend feeling that I really needed to take some time for myself, some down-time. Simultaneously, I felt that the need to get up and do something because my thoughts were flying wild, bouncing from one topic to the next. Before I committed to any activity I took the opportunity to look over Adrienne…

Mindfulness and Coping With Loss

Mindfulness and Coping With Loss By Ines Guariguata, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC, SEP The violent events of the last few months stir loss and grief on a multitude of levels for many communities. Attacks on various marginalized groups (though historical and on-going in most cases),  have felt particularly acute and painful lately.  I personally have had to contend with grief in a profound way, with seemingly little respite, and many of my clients who are members of…

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Stories We Tell Ourselves By Shannon Bradley ATR-BC, LCAT, Experience Wellness Group Therapist   “I’m not really much of a writer”, I think as I sit down to write this blogpost. Honestly, that’s what I’m thinking right now! It’s a perfect example of a limiting belief; something we believe is factual when in reality it’s just “the story I tell myself.” It reminds me of the many times as an art therapist I’ve heard people…

Safe Space: A Pathway Towards Peace

Safe Space: A Pathway Towards Peace By Leon Silvers, LMHC, Experience Wellness Group Therapist The recent shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, to name only a few, have left many of us feeling angry and enraged. How can we deal with those feelings, and  feel safe while living in a culture of injustice, intolerance and inequality? Additionally, how can we grieve and heal in this social climate when acts of violence and brutality are happening…

Summer Blues

Summer Blues By Edith Stark, LMSW I don’t know about you, but every time Memorial Day rolls around I get a feeling like I should have the summer off. While it has been over a decade since I have had a true Summer vacation, the warm weather, beaches and sunshine seem to scream my name. Usually by 4th of July I am feeling run down, overwhelmed and needing a break. The warm weather becomes, too hot,…