Cultivating Resilience

*this post was originally published in River Region Christian Magazine, Feb 2024 edition      “In this life you will have troubles…but take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Whether it is grief, addiction, a broken relationship, debilitating anxiety, or depression, there are parts of us that hurt so bad sometimes we do

Pain and Love

When people come to therapy, they are typically hurting. This hurt feels emotional, but it often goes deeper than that, it is spiritual. Part of the experience of pain is asking about the pain itself. Why am I experiencing this? Am I alone in this? Difficult experiences such as loss, grief, or depression often lead

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Multiple Perspectives

Recently, I have heard people from opposing political viewpoints express their hopes that this nation can be unified. If this means that everyone will believe the same thing about reproductive rights and religion, I don’t believe we will see unity at that level. However, we can heal division without being unified in all of our

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Waiting Recently I have been in a waiting period. I bet many can relate. Waiting for the election to be over. Waiting for a vaccine so COVID will be over. Waiting for things to approach a new normal. I am waiting to hear back about a job application and my registration transfer which is necessary

Words Vs Action

I am a person who tends to prefer action and movement to stillness and reflection. I like to be moving, whether it is pedaling on my bike, running on my own two feet, actively listening and providing treatment in a therapy session, or completing a multitude of tasks for work or home. The process of