My Body's Journey

April 03, 2012
Portia Nelson wrote one of my favorite poems, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk, an Autobiography in Five Short Chapters  I’m going to use it to help illustrate the story of my journey with my body Chapter I I walk down the street There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in I am lost I am helples It isn't my fault It takes forever to find a way out As a child I never felt good about my body I couldn’t trust it  I was extremely ... keep reading

Making the Choice: Triggers, Impulsivity, and Trust

March 21, 2012
For much of my life as a compulsive eater, the cycle looked like this: Trigger + Sudden urge to "take care of myself" and "treat myself kindly" = "Waking up" in a sea of wrappers with a stomach ache and a broken heart I would encounter something that made me feel badly about myself, and I would feel as though I was so vulnerable, no one could protect me but myself Then I would choose to soothe myself through the comfort of food, the best way ... keep reading

The Power of Being Heard

March 15, 2012
I hope that you know what it's like to have someone truly listen to you Listen to you, putting down everything in their hands, looking you square in the eye, and nodding as you speak Listen to you, and take what you've said into account when they are making decisions that impacts your mutual future I hope you know what it feels like to be truly heard Integral to the proces of being truly heard is garnering the ability to accurately represent ... keep reading

Turning Off the Autopilot and Being True to Self

March 12, 2012
This is a guest post written by Petrea Hansen Adamidis of ArtTherapistca The other day I was speaking with a parent who was expresing her frustration that her preschooler wasn't saying"sorry " when she asked him to Rather than saying sorry he gave a hug Despite pointing out that this was the child's way of apologizing, the mother was stuck on the notion that her child should say “I’m sorry” She had been taught that this was right We ... keep reading

Cultivating Self-Trust

March 06, 2012
How many times have you broken a promise to yourself Whether it is due to a careful negotiation of whether or not you truly deserve what you've promised, or whether it just goes by the wayside in the busynes of your daily life - we have a tendency not to follow through on the promises that we make to ourselves, both small and large In a recent email, coach Jennifer Louden stated: Self-trust grows from a history of promises made and ... keep reading