I'll admit it. I was a total skeptic of tapping when I first heard about it several years ago. It seemed too out-there, too hippie-dippy for me. But then I swallowed my pride and went to a one day training and LOVED IT! I loved it because it worked - not just on other clinicians who were serving as "practice clients," but it worked on me too. It helped me calm down anxious thoughts when overwhelmed, addressed anger that was boiling at the surface and come to terms with sadness and feelings of helplessness in a way that felt productive and healing. I practice it regularly on myself as well as with my clients. It can be used for a range of emotions and situations, and the best part is you can do it on your own in just a few minutes. Here's a great video demonstrating how it's done. Watch it a few times and try it out. or contact me to set up a training session. Happy tapping!
Wow. I love where I live. Collingswood is offering a full week-long health extravaganza, with most events ranging from FREE to $5. I cannot wait to attend some of the classes and workshops that are being offered, and I am beyond excited to be participating by hosting a low-cost workshop on STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR TEENS AND FAMILIES at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 12!
Stress Management for Teens and Families, will give participants a wide array of stress management tools that they can begin using immediately. Teens and families need to understand the physical, emotional and cognitive effects of stress and learn how to be on the lookout for early warning signs so they can ensure good self-care before things become too overwhelming. If you have a stressed out teen in your family or in your classroom, this workshop is what you have been looking for! Meant for both teens and adults, this promises to be a fun and interactive experience that will combine aspects of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and more!
I hope to see you there. For more information and to view the other wonderful events taking place, visit http://www.collingswood.com/files/10668/2017/03/WellnessWeekSchedule2017_FINAL.pdf
I'll admit it; I'm a bit of a podcast addict. Ever since I've become a parent, the time I once allotted for reading books has significantly diminished (except for Go Dog Go, of course). Podcasts fill that void so beautifully though, allowing me to learn new things, shed a tear at someone's story, or laugh hysterically at a comedy routine all while doing the dishes.
Recently, I began listening to the podcast, Only Human, which focuses on health issues. This week, they are focusing on mental health, specifically regarding how families communicate these issues to one another. The story that unfolds is that of Rose, a 24 year old Pakistani American woman who has been struggling with depression since adolescence. She has never told her parents about the depression for reasons that sound familiar to the first generation children of immigrants I have worked with. Reasons such as cultural stigma, communication difficulties because of limited vocabulary for mental health issues in their language, and finally, diminishing their own experiences because they have not faced the same struggles as their parents.
Rose makes a brave move and decides to tell her mother. I won't spoil it for you, but I think it's a great reminder that sometimes we expect issues to be resolved in just one conversation because we've been building them up in our heads for so long. What is more typical is that the big reveal tends to open a small window that may not feel immediately good or worth it. But over time, it will hopefully pave the way for other conversations that build on each other and eventually result in a deeper understanding and appreciation for our loved ones.
So, next time you're washing dishes....download this episode and give it a listen. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!!