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Knowing your True Self

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. […]

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Shame and Guilt

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It is unfortunately common to experience feelings of Shame and Guilt. After all, during childhood and adolescence many children are told, “You should be ashamed of yourself!” when they refuse to share a candy bar, or maybe fight with a peer or sibling.  We are taught early on by our parents, guardians, and other adults what shame […]

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Identify Your Feelings

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The Feelings Wheel, created by Dr. Gloria Willcox, is a great tool to use in understanding human emotions and making them less complicated to comprehend. Often times, we navigate through our life journeys on auto-pilot, unconscious and unaware of the feelings and thoughts we experience throughout the day. We fear being vulnerable and often times […]

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Blocks to Listening

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Great information taken from Couple skills: Making your relationship work (2nd ed.). McKay, et. al (2006) that I implement in couple counseling. There is much more to listening than merely being quiet while your partner talks. Real listening is distinguished by your intention. If your intention is to understand, enjoy, learn from, or help your […]

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Rosebud Metaphor

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”Healing and wholeness are discovered by opening ourselves up to our inner most self, our true self. Life is like a journey or an unfolding. Imagine the unfolding of a rose. A rosebud is beautiful just as it is in its stages of becoming. As it blooms, it becomes more and more beautiful. There is […]

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