I believe avoidance limits and experience expands.
What I mean by this is; I believe there are a million and one ways we can find to distract ourselves.
I believe many of us have experienced traumatic things in our lives.
I believe it can be so easy for us, or our loved ones, to try to distract us from situations that feel hard and uncomfortable, that these distractions can lead to habits that can permeate all areas of our lives and result in us living lives that feel dull, limited, or uninspiring.
I believe if we are allowed to feel all of our feelings (whether we label them good, bad, or ugly) and to be supported in being present with each moment of our lives, that our lives can feel richer, more fulfilling, and more expansive.
I know what it is like to avoid. I tried like hell to avoid the pain of a traumatic childhood, my dad’s suicide, and my then-boyfriend’s drug overdose. Facing these realities seemed too painful and overwhelming, and I tried many different methods of avoidance. None of them worked. It wasn’t until I tried facing the reality of the situation that I truly felt some relief. The practice of being present with the pain and the discomfort changed my life.
Maybe someone who’s very important to you has died or is dying. Maybe you are the survivor of a traumatic event. Maybe you’ve been avoiding to some degree or another for so long that you’re not sure how to do any different.
Life feels flat.
It doesn’t have to.
I am a grief and trauma therapist with an authentic living practice. An authentic living practice is the practice of experiencing life as it shows up.
I work with people who have survived a traumatic event. I provide a space for pain to be heard and the opportunity for survivors to create their own healing path. The process of experiencing life by experiencing the span of emotions can help to free survivors to be present in their life in new ways.
Our work together begins with a call, and a conversation. Let’s talk.