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Depression and Anxiety Group

A NEW TYPE OF GROUP. FOR RADICAL TRANSFORMATION. In this eight week group, we will explore how to break through the traps of depression and anxiety.  By using the group process we can engage your stuck experiences and fears in a deeply safe and supportive way.  This group is a good fit for individuals determined to make a shift and to learn how to utilize each other for that purpose. You will have the opportunity to: Receive support and feedback around your depression/anxiety Develop a fresh perspective on your life Build connections with others Explore new ways of change through relational exercises, mindfulness techniques and […]

When it comes to emotions the mind can do funny things

The mind can make a mess of emotions or lead us to a sense of deeper fulfillment Most people tend to carry around some version of a chronic “negative” emotion.  The emotion might show up every day for some, or come in cycles, or sporadically.  Some examples of chronic “negative” emotional experiences that clients discuss are boredom, depression, low motivation, sadness, irritability, low confidence, anger, loneliness, co-dependency, etc.  When a client comes into the office I often explore with them how they react to these emotions.  There are many types of internal reactions such as trying to push an emotion away. distracting oneself, absorption into […]

Addiction Group in Boulder

ADDICTION RECOVERY GROUP: A NEW KIND OF GROUP FOR DEEPER RECOVERY In this 12 week addiction recovery group, we will harness the power of the group to support you in making big leaps in your recovery process. Utilizing therapy methods, council, ritual, meditation, contemplative frameworks, body awareness exercises, and group engagement, we will look at the roots of addiction, relationship to self and other, and how to use recovery as an evolutionary process. This group is best suited for individuals who have at least three months of sobriety and feel they are ready to dive deep in a supportive environment. I have taken individuals in […]

Social Anxiety Group

Heal the Fear.  Transform your Life. When: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 Duration: 12 weeks Start Date: TBD In this 12 week social anxiety group, we will harness the power of the group to support you in making big leaps in learning how to connect with other people  Utilizing therapeutic methods, body awareness exercises, group engagement, and other avenues we will help you identify the roots of social anxiety, and create a deeply supportive and safe container to experiment in connecting with others.  This group is best suited for individuals who struggle with one or more of the following:  socializing in group settings, fear in public,  social anxiety […]

Finding Comfort in the Body

Locating Comfort in the Body is Sometimes Tricky Business As important as it is to have the capacity to be with painful emotions and difficult experiences, it is equally as important to have the capacity to locate comfort in the body. All too often, people find themselves in extremes on this threshold.  Either they seek pleasure and only pleasure, avoid pain at all costs, or they find themselves inundated by pain, unable to soothe. I have learned that no matter how difficult life can feel, there is always a reference point of comfort somewhere within the body.  That reference point might be a relaxed muscle, […]

Play goes a long way…

How the action of play heals There’s a good reason children play with most of their waking time.  It is during play that they learn fine motor skills.  They use play to experience joy and to release emotions.  They learn how to connect with other children through playing.  They fantasize during play, which allows them to activate the creative centers in their mind.  Most of a child’s early years are about living, learning, and loving through play.  Sounds pretty nice actually… We can learn a great deal from children.  Their incredible ability to play all day is really a blessing.  Adults live complicated lives.  All […]

Love and Fear Can Co-exist

Is love really the opposite of fear? Many spiritual teachers talk as if love and fear are opposites and they cannot co-exist.  They may speak as love as an opening of the heart, vulnerable and free.  Many of these teachers say that in order to find this openness we must move away from fear and into love. I understand fear and love a little differently.  I believe fear is a natural, but difficult experience.  Fear is an expression of love on the biological level.  It helps the human organism survive.  Fear can tell us that there is something to pay attention to, and sometimes we […]

Chronic Pain and Undefinable Illness

Why do so many people have chronic pain and undefinable illness? As someone who has dealt with chronic issues, such as pain and fatigue, I know the incredible frustration of trying to heal my body, which often feels like a very complicated puzzle.  In the world of psychiatry, more and more patients are not easily fitting into any one category of mental illness.  Their symptoms span categories and also remain somewhat unique.  In the larger medical community there has also been an increase in sufferers of chronic pain, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms that don’t easily fit into a diagnosis, with unclear origins of […]

Obsessive Thoughts

Learning how to tame obsessive thoughts Most people have had the experience of obsessive thoughts.  It can get triggered after a breakup, or after a death, or for a number of other reasons.  Some of us also have obsessive thinking that shows up for no specific reason.  The mind can take a life of its own, over and over intruding with thoughts usually about the past or future, with no end in sight. In some contemplative traditions they talk of this aspect of the mind as if it were a wild animal that needs to be domesticated.  The key to domestication, as with any animal, […]

Addiction Recovery Groups in Boulder

A new type of addiction recovery group in Boulder Alcohol Anonymous (AA/NA) helps so many people.  The 12 step approach works.  At least, it works for some.  But more and more I see clients who ask for another type of addiction recovery group in Boulder, or something that will supplement their 12 step work.  More and more people are wanting to explore their past addiction and current addictive tendencies as a call for growth rather than simply as a disease they will always suffer from.  They are wanting to see what is beneath the addiction on a psychological and spiritual level and wanting to discover […]