WEBINAR: Gender-Affirming Care Myths vs. Realities

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals Live, Interactive Webinar Continuing Education Hours: 2 (Two) Thursday, March 7, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST Gender-Affirming Care Myths vs. Realities Course Description Please note that course time above is Pacific Standard Time. In gender-affirming care, a plethora of myths persist, often fueled by misinformation […]

Externalization: Experiencing the Person, not the Problem

One way to live a life of compassion is to see the person, not the problem. This is done through externalization. If we are able to take the viewpoint that the person is separate from the problem, then we are able to experience the person, and not the problem. Such a perception sees the person as separate from the problem. […]

Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

A fun way to practice mindfulness is the “Don’t Lose Your Marbles” exercise.The purpose of this exercise is to become aware of how many times throughout the day we have negative thoughts about ourselves and our families. As we become aware of that pattern of negative thoughts, we can replace them with positive, more compassionate thoughts. Those positive thoughts lead […]

The Pygmalion Effect

In the Greek myth of Pygmalion, an artist falls in love with a statue he has created. The great sculptor Pygmalion creates his ideal woman in marble. The statue is so beautiful that he falls in love with her. In the myth, his love for the statue is so powerful that the statue springs to life and becomes a real […]

Creating a Positive Reality

“Focus on the doughnut, not the hole!” -Dr. Garry Landreth The way to be compassionate every day is to create a positive reality around you. Instead of focusing on the ‘hole’ of what you don’t have, focus on the ‘doughnut’ of what you do have. One way to do this is to create a positive ruminating cycle by identifying a […]

Wise Mind and Being Non-judgmental

Wise Mind is a stable balance between Emotional Mind and Rational Mind. Emotional aggression comes solely from Emotional Mind. Emotional aggression is emotion run rampant. Emotional avoidance, on the other hand, comes solely from Rational Mind. It is devoid of emotion. Rational Mind can be cold and unfeeling, and in response to emotional aggression, Rational Mind results in an emotional […]

WEBINAR: Ecotherapy for Therapists

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals Live, Interactive Webinar Continuing Education Hours: 10 (Ten) Day One: Tuesday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST Day Two: Wednesday, February 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST Course Description This is a TWO-DAY seminar consisting of TWO days of five-hour live, interactive webinars. You must […]

Ruminating Cycles and Triggers

In previous blogs we’ve talked about the idea of ruminating cycles. If I have a negative thought, and that negative thought leads to two or three more negative thoughts, then those negative thoughts lead to a couple of dozen more negative thoughts, I am ruminating on negative thoughts. “Ruminating” literally means “to chew on.” So a ruminating cycle is a […]