“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” Brene Brown In their article “The journey of a lifetime: Group work with young women who have experienced sexual assault,” narrative therapists Lisa McPhie and Chris Chaffey explain the process they used to give witness to the stories of […]
“By choosing our path we choose our destination.” -Thomas S. Monson It is important to work on ourselves as individuals, but also to look at patterns that exist within our family. By doing this we can identify unhealthy, recurring themes through generations. As a therapist I have encountered individuals who have struggled in understanding the origins of their behaviors.
Relationships where one can experience the freedom to explore and discover oneself through hope, love and acceptance provide security and space to grow. However, relationships where abuse is present can confuse the very core of one’s understanding and expectations of what makes a relationship healthy, and of who one is as well.
When I was in high school, one of my friends (let’s call her Laura) dated a guy who often abused her both physically and emotionally. She was tragically affected by domestic violence, but at the time I had no idea. All I knew was that her boyfriend (let’s call him Rob) did not seem very […]
Whether you watch football or just follow the news, you may by now have heard that the NFL has put new policy in place to crack down on players who commit acts of domestic violence. This policy comes on the heels of a domestic violence case involving Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice has been […]
We therapists (or at least some in my circle) talk about how the “universe” sends you certain types of clients at certain times in your life. For whatever reason, over the years, the “universe” has sent me many, many people with PTSD.
Has something bad happened to you and you feel like you keep reliving the event? I do not mean you had a bad date and keep replaying what happened in your mind. I am talking about having nightmares and flashbacks of a negative life event or living in a state of anxiety because you feel […]