My relationship with ACT: A metaphorical love affair

Hello dear readers! It is with over-to-top enthusiasm that I have Dr. Giulia Suro, a private practice bilingual psychologist in South Miami, writing about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which I briefly mentioned in the March 15th post. I have had the absolute pleasure of working alongside and collaborating with Giulia and love what she has to share about her work with ACT....[ read more ]


The theme of movement has really been showing up in my life lately in a variety of ways in my work with psychotherapy and yoga clients and for me personally. Bodily movement, emotional movement, residential movement, idealogical movement, occupational movement, relational movement. It's everywhere! Where's the movement in your life these days? The world is always in movement. – V....[ read more ]

Being Human

I wanted to check-in because it suddenly occurred to me that my posts often talk about change and growth and this and that . . . and sometimes it might feel like another source of pressure to “be better!” And so I wanted to clarify my thoughts on this promotion of growth and change, because I'm also an advocate for...[ read more ]


The work of acceptance in our lives, particularly in those situations we cannot change, can give us two profound perspectives. First, there are times when we can't change something in our life. That's true. However, we always have the profound ability to change our reaction to it . . . not I'm not talking our instant gut reaction, but rather our...[ read more ]

The Psychological Aspects of Tadasana/Mountain Pose

The symbol of a mountain evokes many kinds of connotations. To me tadasana is like that power pose (a.k.a. the superman pose) that is talked about in Amy Cuddy's TED talk. How mountain became a more meaningful experience to me during my yoga teacher training was because we went through all these nuances of standing. After the work of checking-in...[ read more ]

Our Emotional Life is Housed Not Only in Our Brain, but Also Our Body

A brand new feature of the blog will be a monthly yoga post. The intention is to focus on one asana (or pose) each month. Modifications for the pose will be mentioned, as well as potential psychological ways to utilize the pose. The idea being that our emotional life is housed not only in our brain but also our body. That's...[ read more ]

Are You Carrying Around a Self-Defeating Belief?

I am so honored to have my dear friend Tracy Martin contribute to this blog. Tracy and I have been friends since junior high, but the long lasting friendship is not why she’s posting here today. It’s her self-reflection and creative pursuits that have given her so many interesting opportunities to create for others. I’m happy that she’s sharing some...[ read more ]

Being Open to Others

There are times when I want “alone time.” Sometimes this means still being in a public place, but not feeling particularly chatty or overly friendly. I want to be quiet. I don't want to be “on.” I just want some space. Despite this intention and hope, it doesn't always happen that way . . . and there are times I...[ read more ]

Don’t Think Too Hard

The other day I was asked to moderate a talk after a play which touched on various life issues and themes, such as feminism, relationships, and stages of life. My reward was getting to go to the show for free. I love theater and I don't go often enough, so when the option of a free ticket came up with...[ read more ]

A Love for Learning

Last November I attended a day-long training with Drs. C. Alexander and Annellen M. Simpkins on “Neuroscience for Clinicians: Mind-Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse.” What a fun dynamic team of psychologists they were! As you can imagine, each of those subtopics could have been its own full day of learning, but the overview was powerful...[ read more ]


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