Making Friends with Feelings

Making Friends with Feelings By Ines Guariguata, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC, SEP Feelings seem like a therapist’s favorite subject. It is the realm we supposedly feel most comfortable in, the one we love to observe, describe, catalog and glean meaning from. Yet, even for a therapist, feelings are not so ‘comfortable’ to be with. I sit with feelings, my clients’ and my own, daily. I witness how feelings can take up so much space in a…

Celebrating Pride in the Wake of Orlando

Celebrating Pride in the Wake of Orlando By Leon Silvers, LMHC, Experience Wellness Group Therapist The recent tragedy in Orlando has darkened the colorful month of June, which is gay pride month. Typically during gay pride we can acknowledge and celebrate our identities and all of the accomplishments and successes the LGBTQ community has achieved. This year there are many other feelings present: sadness, loss, grief, and anger, to name a few. So how can we…

Making Friends With Feelings

Making Friends with Feelings: By Ines Guariguata,LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC, SEP, Experience Wellness Group Therapist Feelings seem like a therapist’s favorite subject.  Yet, even for a therapist, feelings are not so ‘comfortable’ to be with.  I sit with feelings, my clients’ and my own, daily.  Painful feelings can appear to take up a whole room, becoming daunting and unwieldy!  They appear so big they can loom over us, outside the confines of our bodies.  Feelings can…

Sitting With Sour Powers: Using Mindfulness With Teens By Edie Stark

Sitting With Sour Powers: Using Mindfulness With Teens  By Edie Stark LMSW, Experience Wellness Group Therapist A lot of times when I introduce the idea of mindfulness to my adolescent clients I am met with a reaction of, “what? I have to sit by myself in silence and not think? Ya. NO thanks.” While silent meditation can be helpful to many individuals, it is a common misconception that ‘mindfulness practice’ is limited to this. What…

Throw out your resolutions and start creating intentions!

Throw out your resolutions and start creating intentions! Every year it’s the same game. You look at everything that sucks in your life, get depressed, create resolutions/goals, get motivated, break resolutions/goals, and feel stuck again. Ugh! Going through this can make the days following New Years can feel like crap. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Why not have have a New Year that allows our deepest desires to come true, instead?  Doesn’t that…