IN•TE•GRATION• Today I showed up for myself in a really big way. It was terrifying, I felt the nerves swimming inside me for about 20 minutes beforehand, I cried... and then, I f*cking did it anyway. It took about 10-15 min for the nerves to subside, my system to calm, and for the excitement and expansion to kick in. But that didn’t last for too long either. Afterwards I walked down the street different. Held my head up higher. Felt taller. More confident. Already. Every so often pausing to intentionally pay attention to what I was feeling and soak it in. Good or bad, as the energy kept moving and changing. And breathing, very mindfully. The fear and anxiety were still there, and would come up occasionally. But in smaller waves, more like little ripples on the surface instead of crashing wakes. This has been a year of intentionally showing up for myself in new and scary ways. Each time I seem to up the stakes and push myself further outside my comfort zone. This isn’t easy or fun work. But I do it because I want to show up in my life in a different way. I want to show up in my business in new ways. And I want to show up for my clients in bigger ways. Every time I get better at starting before I’m ready and feeling the fear but doing it anyway. It f*cking sucks AND lights me up like nothing else. I can’t wait to show up for you in new and bigger ways as this year continues. I can’t wait to keep showing up for myself in bigger and bigger ways. And I encourage YOU to push yourself to show up for yourself in a new or bigger way this week. This is integration. The contrast at first feels stark, abrupt, and slow. And then it blends together and you become a new version of yourself. #mindfulness#integration#personalgrowth#personaldevelopment#selfconfidence#therapythursday#therapisttips#coach#mindbodysoul#confidence#expansion#elevate2evolve#ridethewaves#beintentional#courage#strength#vulnerability#liveonpurpose
What is mindful eating? Intentionally creating a moment with your meal where you focus on nothing but the food and your experience with it. * Turn off all distractions. No phone time, screen time, reading etc. * Slow down, notice the colors, shapes, textures, smells and tastes. Enjoy each bite and give yourself time for each one to be swallowed before putting the next in your mouth. * Pause every few bites to gauge your satiation level. Make it an experience of curiosity, enjoyment and intentional awareness. * This doesn’t have to be a long 30 min endeavor. Even just a few minutes of this and you will feel different, better. Try it and tell me how it goes below! * #mindfuleating#mindfulnessmonday#mondaymotivation#therapy#mindfulness#healyourbody#nutrition#mindbodysoul#slowdown#relaxationtips#typeapersonality#stressreduction
How do I know if a therapist is right for me? Finding the right therapist can feel like a daunting task. What’s their style, what’s their rate, do they take insurance, where are they located, and so many more questions can come up. There are tons of great therapists out there, but what’s most important is if they are right for you. That’s why I always tell prospective clients or people curious about therapy to treat it like a job search. > Go on Psychology Today or google therapists in your area and go through the lists of people checking out multiple profiles or websites. > Write down a list of all the ones that stood out and you liked best and email or call to set up consultation calls with several of them. These are usually free and talking to someone over the phone gives you a much better feel for their personality than anything on a website. > Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their style or how they work with people. While most therapists won’t tell you much personal info about themselves, they should all talk about how they approach work with clients. > Once you’ve talked to a few then decide who you want to set up an appointment with. > Most importantly don’t feel like you have to stick with the first therapist who has an opening for you if it doesn’t feel like the right fit. Sometimes it takes a couple sessions to really get that sense and it’s ok to change therapists if one isn’t working out. > Having the right fit is one of the most fundamental things for good work to occur. I know it can be difficult and take time to get there but it’s 100% worth it. Don’t give up! #therapy101#therapy#nyctherapist#psychology#nycpsychologist#therapytips#therapythursday#mentalhealth#mentalwellness#therapist#igotyou#communication#relationships#courage#takeoffthemask#healthymasculinity#therapyadvocate#livebetter#mentalhealthmatters#growth#repeatorevolve#youarenotalone#stigmafree#breakthestigma#selfempowerment
Hey! If we haven’t met yet let me introduce myself. I’m Heather, a New York City based licensed psychologist and advocate for all things mental health and wellbeing. My passion for psychology started as an angsty teen and my desire to help people feel better started even before that. Throughout my career my work has spanned from community mental health agencies to jails and maximum security men’s prison. I’ve helped people struggling with addiction, abuse, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, anger issues, relationship problems, impulsive behaviors, and more. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. 🔻 My lofty vision in life is to help shift the collective consciousness and world to become a place where everyone feels a deep sense of belonging, interconnectedness and shared humanity so that we can create a more loving, kind and compassionate world for all beings. 🔻 Sounds pretty big, right? But I honestly believe it’s possible and that it’s part of my mission in life to do what I can to help get us there. 🔻 I believe everyone deserves to feel heard, loved, accepted and cared about. I believe the way we have been socialized as a culture has completely messed us up emotionally, mentally, energetically and physically. I believe that our values of hustle more, grind harder, feel less, and keep up with the Jones’s has ruined our ability to feel joy, happiness, peace and calm. We are more disconnected from each other and ourselves than ever and I’m determined to help fix that. 🔻 I love working with both men and women, but men in particular have become my focus because I can personally relate to the messages they’re taught like not showing emotion, holding everything together inside, to keep working harder and avoid admitting weakness. 🔻 Continued in comments...