Crowding Out

I have had many conversations in my office about stopping a bad habit. These habits often include things like eating junk food, negative thoughts, smoking, over-spending, anger outbursts, or a repeating argument in a relationship. Clients will often say they “just want to stop” or “I don’t want to do it anymore” or “I try not to think about it.” However, the attempts at not doing something can be just as addictive as the habit itself. Instead, I encourage clients…

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A Series of Awkward Conversations

It was the last day of my first year of graduate school and one of my professors was leaving. I don’t remember why we were talking or how the subject even came about but she said, “My best supervisor once told me, therapy is a series of awkward conversations.” I remember the complete sigh of relief I felt. As if everything I had done up until that point had new meaning. I remember this moment so well because I relive…

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The power of presence

Recently I have been reading a lot about the Western States 100 race that took place two weeks ago. Western States is a 100 mile trail race through some of the hottest and most rugged areas of California. Of course, as a trail runner, this race and the incredible athletes it draws always fascinates me. I was reading an interview with Kaci Lickteig who was the female winner (Article Here) talking about her training and race strategy. What stood out…

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