Valentines Day: Reflections on Love, Self, and Relationships

As I celebrate both Valentine’s Day and my wife’s birthday today, I find myself contemplating the true essence of love and the journey it has taken me on. For so long, I prided myself on being a considerate gift-giver, putting meticulous thought into every token of affection. Yet, beneath the surface of these outward expressions […]

Discovering Your Edge: Growth and Healing

“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.” – Brene Brown The concept of finding your edge initially resonated with me during my yoga practice. The edge represents that sweet spot where you push your body just enough to experience an optimal stretch, while avoiding potential […]

Embracing Vulnerability: The Power of Sharing Our Mental Health Journeys

In our society, vulnerability is often perceived as a weakness, something to be hidden or ashamed of. However, I believe that vulnerability is a courageous act that holds tremendous power, especially when it comes to our mental health. When we open up and share our mental health journeys, we create a safe space for connection, […]

Breaking Down Walls: How Art Therapy Unveiled the Path to Healing

In my personal journey towards mental well-being, I discovered a transformative therapy modality that shattered the barriers I had built around myself and opened doors to further growth and healing. Art therapy became the key that unlocked my inner world, allowing me to explore emotions, express myself authentically, and embrace other forms of therapy. In […]

Understanding Trauma: Unhealed Wounds and Personal Narratives

Trauma, originating from the Greek word meaning “unhealed wound,” carries profound significance. I first encountered this definition on the very first day of my trauma certification. Mental trauma cannot be quantified or compared, for it is not solely about the event itself. It centers around the story one tells oneself as a result of that […]

Redefining Perfectionism: Embracing Imperfection and the Process of Life

Perfectionism can manifest in various ways. It may appear as the person with the cleanest house or car, the student who cries over a B+ on a test, or those who avoid trying anything new. It can also be seen in individuals who prefer to stay within their comfort zones, seeking familiarity and predictability. However, […]

Understanding Dissociation: A Balanced Perspective

Dissociation has become a buzzword on social media, with increased focus on mental health struggles. While this heightened awareness is both positive and negative, it’s essential to clarify misconceptions surrounding this term. As an internal therapist, I cringe when I hear dissociation misused. So, let’s delve into its true meaning and foster understanding. First and […]

Self-Care: A Holistic Approach

Sometimes, it feels like my clients are tired of hearing the term “self-care.” I often inquire about their self-care practices, asking questions like, “How are you prioritizing your well-being during this challenging period?” or “How can we enhance self-care while you navigate through these difficulties?” However, self-care goes beyond mere face masks and bubble baths; […]

Mindful Eating: Nourishing Your Mental Health Through Nutrition

In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, mental health has become a crucial aspect of overall well-being. While various factors contribute to mental health, such as genetics, environment, and life experiences, the role of nutrition is often underestimated. It’s time to recognize the significant impact that proper nutrition can have on our mental health, as it […]