“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” —Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment without judgement. It is allowing all thoughts and feelings to be present with acceptance. I know that sounds easier than it actually is, but mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive tools are helpful in making significant progress in counseling. I use mindfulness skills in most sessions with clients and find it particularly helpful for the following:
Grief and loss
As you can see, I believe it is an extremely supportive tool to be used in counseling and daily life. I combine this with other tools and techniques to create a therapeutic environment that will help you find results more quickly than many other therapies. Mindfulness is often combined with nature and poetry therapy.
I also teach Mindfulness classes and workshops. I currently teach Mindfulness skills in the South Whidbey Schools K-12th grade. I also teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teachers and offer day long workshops for adults. 60 minute sessions: $125
Please contact me for more information
Nature and Poetry Therapy
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” —John Muir, Naturalist
“Nature holds all the answers. Go outside and ask some questions Open your heart and listen to the response” Amethyst Wyldfire, Master Mentor for Visionary Entrepreneurs
The best co-therapists I have ever worked with are Nature and Poetry. I have found that healing can happen more quickly and more profoundly while outside walking in a forest,sitting by the sea, digging in the garden, listening to birdsong, or writing by a tree.
I am happy to schedule sessions outdoors where we can walk and talk, or you can be given a nature task to complete and then afterward we can discuss it sitting on the grass or by the sea. These sessions tend to be a little longer to give time to really be present and listen to the magic and wisdom of Nature.
Even if you see me for therapy in my office, you will find that I will suggest Nature tasks and time in Nature between sessions.
If you have a love of poetry you already know the power of a properly placed poem. Most of my work involves poetry. I have learned that this symbolic language can strike a chord deep in the soul, and bring forward much needed tears or words that would be difficult to access any other way. Some of the poetry therapy involves writing poems, but only if that comes naturally or somehow emerges in the process.
Most of the time it’s a poem that really accentuates something you are feeling or that clarifies a question or gives you something to think about and focus on before our next session.
If you are bored with traditional talk therapy or feeling stuck then Nature and Poetry Therapymight be just the companions you need.
I invite you to explore this form of therapy. Contact me to schedule a session!
“I think that were beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, “Ahhh.” That was the first poem”. —Lucille Clifton, Poet, Writer and Educator
Nature has not pushed itself out into exile. She remains there, always home in the same place. Nature stays in the womb of the Divine, of one pulse-beat with the Divine Heart. This is why there is a great healing in the wild. When you go out into Nature, you bring your clay body back to its native realm. A day in the mountains or by the ocean helps your body unclench. You recover your deeper rhythm. The tight agendas, tasks, and worries fall away and you begin to realize the magnitude and magic of being here. In a wild place you are actually in the middle of the great prayer. In our distracted longing, we hunger to partake in the sublime Eucharist of Nature. —John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes