When a Therapist Goes to Therapy: Burnout Part 2

            I am a trauma surgeon. However, I do not wear scrubs and the wounds that my colleagues and I address do not require an operating room or surgical instruments. No, our people come to us with wounds invisible to the eye....

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The Dirty Truth About Burnout: Part 1

  I am a trauma therapist. I never set out to do this work; this work found me. It is this sacred place where God drew all my crazy passions that seem to have no connection at all into a gift.  Being a therapist has brought me a deep sense of purpose in my life...

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Magic Cookie Bars

Inside an aged metal recipe box, tucked away between Aunt Frankie’s lasagna and Aunt Helen’s chicken pie rests a recipe for Magic Cookie Bars. As far back as I can remember, Magic Cookie Bars have been a part of my holiday baking traditions. These heavenly treats also...

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Getting out of the Boat: One Toe at a Time

For most people moving outside their comfort zone creates feelings of anxiety and produces a lot of questions. There are sound biological reasons for this. We are wired and programmed to choose safety. Do not beat yourself up too much, it is brain chemistry. If our...

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The One Where the Giver Learns to Receive

Funerals are always so sad to me, but not for the obvious reasons.  As I sit and listen to the caring acts or multiple ways that a person’s life has intersected with others, I always think how awesome it would have been for that person to know how others felt while...

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“What if I fail? Oh, my darling, but What if you fly?”

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Shocking as it may seem, I never saw myself becoming a mother. I just didn’t think I was “Mom” material. Moms seemed to be these incredible martyrs who always put their kids first and set aside their own needs and ambitions. I knew I...

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So this is love…

“So this is love…mmm…So this is love…so this is what makes life divine” sings Cinderella, extremely cheerfully.  The words to this song echoed through my head this week but not for the reason that you might think. While it was the week of Valentine’s Day, I have to...

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Which Mental Health Professional is Right for You?

There are many questions and much stigma that revolves around seeking mental health services whether it is for you or a member of your family. Of course, the greatest barrier to people reaching out for assistance is the cloud of stigma that surrounds mental health...

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