Grounding: profoundly simple and simply profound

On Monday, I'll be leading a workshop on Grounding, a term for soothing the nervous system. I first learned about Grounding from my supervisor when I worked at the Blanton-Peale Counseling Center in Manhattan. She had specifically studied ways of healing trauma. She encouraged me to instruct a particularly distressed patient to "look around the … Continue reading Grounding: profoundly simple and simply profound

The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm

Pippin says this in Lord of the Rings. He's speaking to Treebeard, an ancient, sentient, walking tree who responds, "that doesn't make sense to me, but then again, you are very small." Pippin is a hobbit, a child-sized creature known for their love of food, gardening and usual lack of interest in adventuring. In the … Continue reading The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm

Cleaning Your Room, Group Therapy and Political Activism

Jordan Peterson has been thoroughly meme-ified for his simple injunction to begin any program of growth with "cleaning your room." The task is accessible and confronts a person with whatever demons they possess that get in the way of productive, responsible behavior. If you're room actually isn't clean right now, take a break and go … Continue reading Cleaning Your Room, Group Therapy and Political Activism