New Podcast

I am super excited to see where this goes. I decided to create a podcast... because I can. 🤷‍♀️ This is what I am hoping: 1) that it be a place where people can feel free to submit the questions they've always wanted to ask their therapists but have been too afraid or too ashamed. [...]

Self-Compassion Letter

My TS therapist has been trying to get me to write a self-compassion letter for ages. I haven't done it because I'm stubborn and it seemed difficult. After a few tough weeks of no therapy and then a few tough weeks of therapy, she brought the letter up again. This time I figured I would [...]

Excited

I've got some really exciting news! I just started a new website. http://www.mettawellness.org I wanted .com but it was taken already. I really wanted metta though because it means loving kindness. And, I want this new coaching business to be run with loving kindness. There isn't much up on the site yet. And I haven't [...]

I’m Human and I’m not Sorry

After my first year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at UT Tyler, I recieved this as my annual review results: I met expectations and exceeded expectations on every category. This year, the faculty decided that I did not meet expectations in almost all areas. These are the results I recieved today: If [...]

Group and My Spirit Animal

Last week in group we did a visualization at the end. We were to imagine ourselves in a forest. And to imagine a guide. I saw a buck. We were asked, as homework, to do something to connect with our guide. I drew mine (and colored it while at work; I get to do that, [...]

I’m a yoga teacher

The day finally came! I graduated from yoga teacher training yesterday! 200 hours of practice, observation, learning, and growing. What an amazing early birthday present to myself. I never would have thought a year and a half ago when I went to my first yoga class that the next summer I would be getting certified [...]

Progression in EMDR therapy

Hello loves, It's been a while since I've mentioned anything about my progress in EMDR therapy, as I've mostly just been building the relationship with this new therapist. I was definitely skeptical of her for a while. But, she is starting to grow on me. I've still asked J (my group therapist, who is leaving [...]

Holding Space and The Perfect Weekend

This weekend was the weekend of my yogi retreat for my yoga teacher training. In this post I want to share some of the amazing experiences and lessons that were gifted to me over the last few days. I learned that when we share our stories with one another everything else slips away, becomes white [...]

What My Texcursion Taught Me

Fact: Texas is more than 268,000 square miles. I can drive for hours in any direction and still be in Texas. This is precisely what I did yesterday. I took a "Texcursion." Otherwise known as a day trip. As a Texas native, I am pretty accustomed to the idea of driving at least half an [...]

Mara: Marred by Delusions, Finding Inner Peace

Those of us who have been in therapy probably all know very well the phrases, "you must be able to sit with the emotions." Or, "there is only going through the emotions." Or some variation on the same theme. The idea that we have to stop avoiding our emotions, stop dissociating from them if there [...]