Author: Thrive

Counseling | Coaching | Cultivating | Creating

Healing Support Circle :: Fall 2019

Registration is now open with group beginning Saturday September 7, 2019 I’m excited to ANNOUNCE that registration is now open for the Fall 2019 session of Healing Support Circle for women, trans femme, and nonbinary femme folks who have or are experiencing psychological and/or religious abuse. This therapy group is 12 weeks and meets on…
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July 23, 2019 0

The Personal, The Political, and The Therapy Couch

I often hear from clients as they sheepishly disclose some bit of political information or opinion that, “I know I’m not supposed to bring up politics in therapy but…” and I’m not entirely sure where that “rule” came from, but I don’t follow it. I follow my legal and ethical duties to not impose any…
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June 5, 2019 0

What is EMDR?!?

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Therapy is an evidence-based protocol for addressing a number of mental health issues, including: Complex Trauma & cPTSD Single-incident Trauma Grief & Loss Socio-political Trauma: racism, misogyny, ableism, queer/transphobia, identity discrimination, micro-aggressions, etc Stress Depression Sleep Disturbance Pain Anxiety Family Relationships Workplace Stressors Goals and Habits Personal…
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March 9, 2018 0

Upcoming Healing Support Circle Sessions 2018

A Space to Thrive offers 2 sessions of our 12-week Healing Support Circle (HSC) each year.  Session I is offered in the Spring (January-March) and Session II is offered in the Fall (September – November).  Click here to register in FULL or to schedule a HSC INITIAL INTAKE only.  This circle is open to women, femme,…
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March 6, 2018 0

On Making Space

Letting go doesn’t leave me empty, it leaves me open. 19 years ago, I was living in a housing unit that burned down and I lost all my material possessions from that time and a good chunk of memories from my life before.  Six months later, I buried three of my foster kiddos who were…
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January 15, 2018 0

Boundaries Bootcamp

Boundaries Bootcamp is a 6-hour coaching package offered in 3, 2-hour sessions designed to boost an person’s ability to identify where they need boundary boosters in their life; practical tools to use at work, at home, and socially; and troubleshooting obstacles to sustaining healthy, resilient boundaries around time, talents, body, money, emotional energy, and more.…
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December 1, 2017 0

Tools: Self-Compassion Deck

I got this new deck of #SelfCompassion cards by Chris Willard, PsyD; Mitch Abblett, PhD; and Tim Desmond, LMFT that I’ve been using in my office. At the end of sessions, I fan out the cards and have a client pick one. I make a copy or they take a picture of that card and then that…
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October 26, 2017 0

[taking up space]

don’t be so humble with your whispering ways and sotto vocce give sound to your story give volume to your voice the world cannot learn all you have to teach when you remain quiet don’t be so humble shrinking, shriveling wilting into corners and shadow sidelines there is ample room for the breadth and depths…
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October 19, 2017 0

Israelite Tango [Guest Blog]

#ThrivingThoughts Guest Blog invites you to hear the vibrant and diverse voices from across our community far and wide.  Each month this space will feature writers across a myriad of fields, professions, disciplines, and practices sharing insights, reflections, challenges, and inspiration.  If you read something that stirs you to thought or action, please let that…
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October 12, 2017 0

Trauma, Loss, and Clutter

Studies show that there’s a strong link between clutter (lots and lots of it) in the home and experiences of profound loss and/or trauma.  This morning my trunk is loaded with the first pile (of many) of items for the thrift store. I also filled a large city trash bin last night. It may seem…
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October 5, 2017 0