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Your Mental Health During COVID-19

A few short months ago, social distancing was unthinkable. Now it has become a global norm as we unite to fight the coronavirus outbreak. While this a necessary measure, we can not overlook our mental wellbeing. People are social by nature. Because social distancing goes against that, we are at risk to feeling isolated, frustrated, and bored. (Maybe we should rename it to physical distancing instead?) This is especially a concern for people with pre-existing Read more…

Trusting the Process

In EAGALA (the evidence-based model of equine-assisted psychotherapy I am certified in and used in equine sessions), there are a few phrases taught in trainings. And like most phrases, they are ones we lean on and are a large part of the “EAGALA language” and culture. My favorite one is, “Trust the Process.” EAGALA is a non-directive, client-led, strength-based model. It is very similar to Carl Rogers’ Client-Centered Therapy which happens to be my own Read more…

The Importance of Validation in Our Relationships

Feeling seen and understood is one of foundational cores of any relationship. If your partner understands and listens to you, that certainty can calm your anxiety; reduce conflict and promote closeness even when you disagree. “You get me” may be even more important than “I love you” in long relationships because sometimes someone can hear “I love you”, and yet feel so misunderstood that they will say “I don’t feel loved”. Sometimes it is easy Read more…

Coronavirus Care Tips

We’re all hearing about it. And whether or not we want to believe it, there have been confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Montgomery County. We know that there have been school closings, news reports, etc. This has resulted in many people stocking up on cleaning supplies so much so that you’ve probably already seen the empty aisle in your grocery store. I also just found out Amazon.com is OUT OF wipes! But guys, let’s Read more…

10 Ways to Sharpen Your Meditation Skills

When we hear the word meditation, many things come to mind and the meaning of meditation varies from person to person. Merriam Webster defines meditation as “engaging in contemplation and reflection” and “engaging in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.” Regardless of whether you are spiritual or not, meditation has been shown to help reduce stress and Read more…