Should my Therapist be Like Me?

Is it necessary when choosing a medical care professional, such as a psychiatrist or therapist, to work with someone who has had a similar life experience as you, or are you able to work effectively with a professional who knows nothing about your specific situation? There are arguments for both sides. On the one hand, having a therapist with similar experiences may assist in quickly establishing the client-therapist relationship; conversely, having a therapist with no knowledge of your situation can be just as effective.  Continue reading “Should my Therapist be Like Me?”

The Three Circles Tool

Once you have established the circles, enjoy filling them in. Whenever things start to feel out of control, stop and close your eyes. Bring the image of the circles to your mind and see what is causing the problem. You may have put too many people in the First Circle or let someone from the Third Circle in too soon. Remember you are in control. You can rectify this. It does not come without some struggle and pain but the right things are always the hardest to do. It becomes easier in time to figure out who and what goes where and becomes second nature.

Life is a constant highway with bright lights, noise, people, directions, emotions, and the dreaded traffic jams. We are constantly exposed to unplanned detours and unhealthy ‘fumes’. People constantly ask me how I cope and manage so well. How I manage to live as full a life as possible despite my condition. Continue reading “The Three Circles Tool”

Nature is Nurture

This Sunday I spent time in nature, specifically, the beach. I love being outdoors, but somehow I never get around to venturing outside. It’s as if I forget how much I enjoy smelling the fresh air, or watching birds hop through the trees, or listening to the ocean waves hitting the sand. Continue reading “Nature is Nurture”