By Robin Gardner, CDC, CPC                                                                                                                             Certified Divorce Coach                          …

     Who among us has not experienced closing off and shutting down our loving when something happens that we judge or find hurtful or upsetting.  We withdraw loving somehow thinking that to keep experiencing it would somehow indicate approval for something that we disagree with or see as not caring or even humane.  We also can mistakenly view…

     Historically, marriages were based on economic factors and roles were assigned to individuals within that institution. Roles gave men and women clear guidelines for interacting and thus clear expectations of each other. When romanticism developed, the beloved served the function of a creative muse. He or she was never expected to be part…

When our body and system feel safe, our consciousness will naturally begin to find its way towards greater coherence. This is because we are naturally inclined towards health, growth, and integration towards greater complexity and coherence. The meeting between therapist and client can initiate a healing process just through the energetic contact that creates safety…

When I’m particularly overwhelmed or drowning in negative emotions, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and remind myself that life is like an ocean. Like the ocean, life is a vast, mysterious, unpredictable force much bigger than any one person. Sometimes it’s beautiful and freeing and joyous. Other times, it’s terrifying and rough…

I saw a headline on a news page the other day, “Why Self-care doesn’t mean ‘Day-Spa’”.  I didn’t read the article, but I had a little chuckle. I feel that sometimes in our consumer world, everything has become a commodity, a money-maker, and that includes the very important rituals of self-care.  Of course, there’s nothing…

February marks a year in quarantine. What initially started as a two-week or one-month shut down slowly crept into all aspects of our lives. The isolation. The household family dynamics. The lack of stimulation. The fear of COVID. The racial tensions. It was a powder keg ready to explode. In other words, a new normal.…

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