Introduction to Ego States When you step into the realm of Psychology 101, you inevitably encounter Freud’s ego states of id, ego, and super ego. These concepts attempt to describe our self-identity, and the childhood influences on our thoughts, behaviors, and interactions. But it doesn’t stop there. Understanding ego states really flourished when, in the […]
While both stress and trauma can be challenging to navigate, they are fundamentally distinct experiences with differing consequences for our mental and physical well-being.
Fascinated by Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory (See The Polyvagal Institute), I embarked on a journey of sharing valuable tips and implementing new strategies with my counseling clients. Alongside this, I crafted a range of resources, encompassing exercises and comprehensive lists of strategies designed to aid individuals in managing their anger, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, and […]
Childhood, adolescent, and sometimes adult experiences can create core negative beliefs. In childhood, these beliefs can be planted by the absence of parental or caregiver attention and security.
Too many of us suffer with as sense that we are not good enough. Recently, three different women friends have prompted me to ponder the subject of believing in our not enoughness or of not doing enough, giving enough or being enough. The Silent Questions of I Am Not Enough The silent questions, that some brave […]
It was in 1984 that I graduated with an MA in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, which was the forerunner philosophy to Positive Psychology and viewed people from a wholistic perspective. Soon after becoming a therapist and being assigned clients who were living with all kinds of internal turmoil, I realized I needed to better understand […]
Researching to find a therapist is an important step. Yet, there is an even more important first step–a willingness to commit to the process. A woman called me saying her love relationship was struggling. She wanted to find a therapist who would work with her and her boyfriend. But after she suggested to her boyfriend […]
In Real’s book, Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship, he challenges traditional masculinity, gender role training, and more.
Using the metaphor of a highway you are guided through six steps. Explanations, rationale, and action items are provided for each step.
For deep healing we want to use mindful self-care to heal from an Inner Child perspective, that is give ourselves what we did not get in our developing years.
What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing is not an easy to read self-help book. It is part memoir and part psycho-education.
You are not alone if you are thinking, “I will rewrite my story of doom and gloom to rewrite my life as I wish it.” Good on you! You are among some celebrities.