The overarching theme of Brené Brown‘s research and work is shame, vulnerability and courage. And it has completely helped me to change my entire life. The courage she displayed in her first TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is something to be in awe of. It has only been through witnessing this courage that many events in …

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“You see a therapist?!?” I think this question is posed for several reasons. But, if I practiced mind reading, which I never recommend doing, this is what I think is really behind this question: Only really crazy people have to see a therapist! But you’re a therapist, shouldn’t you have this all figured out? Chin up! Can’t …

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I significant part of me cringes as I put the word should in the title of this post. As a therapist who works some using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I have attempted to erase should from my vocabulary. I also work with my clients to do the same. As some CBT therapists say, “Don’t should all over yourself!” Should …

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It’s been two weeks since my dad’s life changing accident. I’ve been back home for a week playing catch up with clients, paperwork, writing and housework. I’m also playing catch up with recovery. Life happens; we fall behind in our self care, behind in our recovery, and all of a sudden we are fighting our …

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It has been a week of witnessing the dichotomy between the sheer terror and the joyful hope of change. A week of asking clients to trust that if they feel the fear and choose change anyway there is light waiting for them. The fear of the storm that must be felt at the same time …

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Every day I work with clients to help them learn how to let go, accept, redefine and find themselves. Often times we work on owning our stories and not allowing our whole selves to be defined by something that has happened to us or a mistake we’ve made or a loss or trauma we have suffered. A …

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