Five Things Being a New Mom has Taught Me

Image Description: Photograph of a pregnant person wearing black with their belly exposed, holding a red flower with a long green stem in front of their belly.

I am celebrating my second mother’s day this month. Happy mother’s day to all my fellow moms! Since giving birth to my child about a year and a half ago, I have learned a lot. Like, A LOT. I have learned about car seats and burping and the contents of diapers. I’m sure if you […]

Power and Control in Relationships

A young woman is facing backward on a young man. Both are holding both hands while their backs are towards each other in a sad tone.

To develop a healthy relationship, it is important for all parties involved to feel empowered, respect each other, and have equal power in the decision-making. On the other hand, an unhealthy relationship tends to have imbalanced power and control. Once one person takes away power and control from another person or takes over the relationship […]

How Do You Talk About Sex?

two women standing in the center wearing winter clothing in front of a snowy evergreen tree. One of the women is whispering into the ear of the other woman with her hand up to her mouth. The other woman looks surprised and is covering her mouth with her hand.

Sex is hard to discuss. Many people feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or ashamed when the topic comes up in conversation. Some folks think they can talk about sex with anyone but the person they are having sex with.

Love and Boundaries

Being in a relationship can be so much fun when you can be yourself and are free to communicate what’s on your mind. Love should be respectful, caring, and equal. Love should not be coerced, shamed, or painful.

An Ode to Therapy Clients Everywhere…

From Amy Goldbeck, LPC, R-DMT, CH You may not realize it, but I admire you clients so deeply. I want to say… Just look at you! Showing up for yourself. You are a living example of recognizing something deep and important. Something has caught your attention, and you are acknowledging it. That inkling or whatever […]

Bodywise

Our bodies are receptors with feelers that reach beyond our distal edges. Your body picks up on energy from other people, places or things and manifests this information inside of you somewhere and somehow. If you pay attention and tune into the subtle changes, you can establish a truly powerful relationship with yourself–with your body–that […]

What’s Right with You?

A Healing Centered Approach to TraumaI recently read an article by author, Shawn Ginwright, a leading expert on youth activism, youth development, and professor of Africana Studies. In this article, he discussed a healing-centered approach to working with trauma, which he defines as “ holistic involving culture, spirituality, civic action and collective healing. A healing-centered […]

Dance/Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement

When I first heard Brene Brown’s Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability”, something deep inside of me stirred. I knew it to be true. I also felt validated as this is how I was living my life, however; I never saw our ability to be vulnerability as a strength or even a source of power. […]

3 Secrets to Ending Unhealthy Decisions and Improving Your Health

Making good choices, improving decision-making, avoiding indecision…Sometimes these tasks come easily and without much issue. At other times and, likely depending on the context, these tasks can become overwhelming, unbearable, or just annoying, often leading to avoidance and ambivalence. Take wellness, nutrition, and exercise as an example. We are inundated with diet plans, workout guides, […]

The Necessary Mirage

How Metaphors and Reframing Support Growth and UnderstandingI love metaphors. My right brain-creative side just adores them. They are so helpful to me, because they paint a picture in my mind that is easier to understand and remember than the mere facts of a situation. For example, I could ask myself, “Why do you keep […]