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Welcome to Mindfulness-Based Strategies

     The challenges of being human, and of life in our fast-paced, complicated and complex modern society, often result in stress.  Sometimes even when circumstances, objectively, do not appear to warrant distress, we experience anxiety, despair, or a sense of feeling overwhelmed.  Rather than viewing these responses as pathological, I believe that these feelings are, to some extent, unavoidable features of being human. 

 

     The "higher" areas in our human brain contain the capacities for language, abstract problem-solving, and creativity.  At the same time, our brains retain the "old" parts of our brains, which we share with less-evolved species, that also continue to influence our experience and behavior. To further complicate matters, each person's unique nature/nurture equation and accumulation of life experiences will result in particular strengths and vulnerabilities. 

 

     Through gaining a better understanding of the ways in which we perceive and react to our experiences, and recognizing and accepting the full range of human emotion as part of the human experience, we can learn to carry our emotions in ways that allow us to function, grow, thrive, and live a rich and meaningful life.  I believe that mindfulness and mindfulness-based strategies can contribute significantly to all of these aspirations.

     I utilize therapeutic, teaching, and coaching modalities in my work with teens and adults across the lifespan. I am an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a strong foundation in mindfulness and a personal, as well as professional commitment to personal growth and helping to cultivate full and meaningful lives.  Please contact me if you would like help in determining which approach will best meet your needs.

The Guest house

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

- Rumi