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September 4, 2019

Have you heard of the window of tolerance? It's a term coined by Daniel Siegel that helps us understand our "window" of being able to stay regulated and feel our emotions/physical states.

The window of tolerance is a useful guide to know when we are being triggered by something. Understanding how it works can hel...

May 8, 2019

We've all had that tight or uncomfortable feeling in our stomach at one point in our life. Perhaps it was related to a time you were in a new situation or a time when you felt unsafe. Other times it may have surfaced for no clear reason.

One of the top things that many clients come in for help with is anxiety tha...

June 14, 2017

One of the most common challenges many of my clients face is dealing with negative emotions. Most of us go through our life trying to move on from difficult things that come our way. Why would we want to stay with our negative emotions any longer than we have to? It's not comfortable, right? Our culture teaches...

March 14, 2016

Bessel Van Der Kolk's newest book "The Body Keeps the Score" is one of the best I've read about trauma and the body. It's exciting to read a book that teaches the latest advances in trauma therapy and points out the pivotal role the body plays in maintaining many of the emotional and physical struggles people fa...

January 2, 2016

Do you find yourself feeling like your partner won't really be there for you? 

 

Or do you close off emotionally in relationships, finding yourself spending more time on work and activities rather than building close connections?

 

One of the common themes I see in people struggling with their relationship is attach...

February 20, 2015

Trauma can have a devasting effect on our life. When we're struggling, sometimes the last thing we want to do is reach out for help. We might feel scared of what the process looks like, fearful of finally opening up to someone, or we might be holding onto any of the following myths that keep us from getting the...

December 18, 2014

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, right? While our culture likes to promote Christmas as a happy, care-free time, not everyone feels this way. Many of us are dealing with family stress, transition, loss, or financial struggles, and these problems tend to find a way to sour a bit of the holiday season...

November 12, 2014

If you experience chronic neck pain, back pain, headaches, or other persistent pain symptoms, you're among thousands of others. So why do we experience this pain? What can we do when it doesn't get better?

Traditional medicine points to various causes such as injury, poor posture, computer strain, or stress. Mil...

September 2, 2014

Most of us have been here. Life piles up, whether it's the pressure of working a busy job, raising kids, managing friendships, or just trying to find time to take care of ourselves. Sometimes stress just gets too much, and we find ourselves burnt out and not sure what to do.

So what can we do when we find life...

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