Dear Lotus, *
FOCUS ON A SINGLE MINUTE..
To begin this exercise find a comfortable place to sit in a room where you won't be disturbed for a few minutes and turn off any distracting sounds. Begin timing yourself with your watch or stopwatch. Then without counting the seconds or looking at the watch simply sit wherever you are. When you think that one minute has passed check the watch again or stop the timer. Note how much time really has passed.
Did you allow less than a full minute to pass? If so how long was it? Or did you allow more than a minute to pass? If so how long was it? Either way you have just practice being present and being mindful..#mindfulmonday#staymindful#traumawellnessspa#mindfulness#mentalhealth#traumatherapy#southflorida#corewellnessliving#corewellnessresourcecenter
Highly recommended workshop from @integrative_awareness_medicine happening next Saturnday in Los Angeles. A workshop for everyone and especially for trauma specific to sexual trauma and abuse and #ptsd . Meet awesome people and learn great self care techniques. #yogatherapy#traumatherapy#selfcare
These are no ordinary almonds. These are life changing almonds. These are the almonds my doctor gave me today as a visible sign of healing. This week, I've started going to a wellness center in the bottom floor of my office building. What I thought was going to be a simple back adjustment, turned into a life changing experience. After spending several hours all week there after work and during my lunch break, I've found out that I'm 98% in 90% of daily nutrients. Put simply - my body is only absorbing 16% of the available nutrients I'm supposed to be absorbing. After having every bone in my body, and I do mean every single bone, adjusted about four times this week, I'm feeling much better.
Today, was a particularly amazing breakthrough for me. My doctor did an N.O.T. or neural organization technique. This is particularly helpful for trauma victims. In the middle of it, i had to stop because I was crying so much that I couldn't continue. My doctor sat me up and I gagged out the phrase, "I'm an abuse survivor." In the end, I was able to finish the technique and I am happy to say that my brain feels so connected and grounded like never before. For the first time in my life, I was able to distinguish the past from the present. I was able for the first time use the phrase, "in the past, I..." instead of, "I always..." I wrote all this to say that for the victims - the ones who've been traumatized: there's hope for you. You are not your past. You are your present, and you are safe now. You alone have rights to your body, and you will never be hurt ever again. If today feels impossible, keep going. If you feel like giving up, don't. The sun will set on your pain and will rise again with your healing in its rays. Restoration is possible. You are possible. Thankful that life can be a little nuts sometimes. @rachel_n_brower
Pet this horse for 15 minutes. The longest I've ever pet a horse before. He put his head on my shoulder and it felt like he was protecting me and hugging me at the same time. I swear it was the most therapeutic experience I have ever had. I really needed that. #ptsdhorses#horsetherapy#ptsd#traumatherapy
Rhythmic Riding with a drum circle was an incredibly powerful experience both as drummer and as rider. Finding Connection with the horse in a rhythmic dance of movement synchronized to the beat of the drums was a very potent and palpable sensory, somatic, self regulation and brain integration exercise, but I was also just as moved if not more so in my drum circle, holding the beat and the sacred space for that connection and regulation to happen for the riders, which, as it also happens provides many of the same benefits in an of itself. In supporting your regulation, I am also regulating myself. How beautiful is that? #withgratitude 🙏🏼❤️ #drumcircle#rythmicriding @natural_lifemanship #horsehealers#equineassistedpsychotherapy#highdesertmedicine
My parents are spending the weekend at my favorite place on the planet. This is where I learned about exploring and freedom and confidence. And it's been 10 years since I sailed that lake. Feeling all sorts of nostalgic today....
Riding front seat on the struggle bus, which is on fire, has to drive over 50mph and the driver strangely resembles Dennis Hopper 🙋🏼💺🚌 I keep trying to be normal and do the normal everyday activities that a 30-something would do. In the end I panic and my throat closes up at the thought of taking care of myself or socialising. It’s hard to get people to understand that I literally can’t do certain things because it’s beyond overwhelming. Any tips? 🤷🏼♀️💕💕#ptsdrecovery#ptsdwarrior#strugglebus#ptsd
Good ol' splitting. It’s when two seemingly contradictory feelings are not allowed to exist simultaneously. For example, it could be as if love and anger are oil and water – never to intermingle. We do a lot of work on integrating these things in therapy. It’s a helpful process.
It’s no secret that I’ve battled mental illness for years. .
I’ve shared many times how adopting a healthy lifestyle has played a huge role in improving my mental health. Usually, taking care of myself & staying close to God are the best ways to handle it; other times, I need medication for awhile. This time, however, greater intervention is needed.
A couple of months ago, I started to feel myself slipping into a fog of depression & anxiety - deeper than I’ve experienced in a long time. I tried to resist it with everything I had, but it caught up to me - & by the beginning of October, I became completely enveloped in a paradoxical cloud of both apathy & discontentment. .
I’ve spent the past few weeks barely functioning, struggling with normal daily tasks, & sleeping almost anytime Jett naps just so I don’t have to be alone with my thoughts... & then shaming myself for it. It’s become a viscous cycle that I can’t escape from without the help of a professional. I’ve been praying for a long time for God to lead me to someone who could help me so that I can move forward with my life, & He has finally answered my prayers. .
As I sat at my intake appointment at @addo.recovery, it didn’t take long for me to receive confirmation that I was exactly where I needed to be. For the first time, I have hope for healing; not because I don’t trust that God can heal me on His own... I absolutely believe in miracles. But I also believe that more often than not, the way He helps us through trials is by providing us with resources. It’s up to us to utilize them & to bring Him along this journey with us in order to aid in our healing. .
I began specialized trauma therapy on Monday at Addo. I am choosing to get back to the basics of life and focus on long term recovery through complete and total self care in every aspect of my life - including my brain. .
I’m excited (and slightly nervous) to see how this journey will unfold. I look forward to sharing my recovery story as I go along. I hope it will help someone else who needs to know they’re not alone. Thank you to everyone who’s been patient with me in my absence. ❤️
💡Therapist spotlight: Kate Hutson, LCPC ▪️How would you describe your therapeutic style?
My approach is eclectic, depending on the needs of the client but I tend toward a combination of psychodynamic, solution-focused and body-centered therapy. ▪️
What are your specialties or clinical interests?
I've seen a variety of clients in the past and enjoy maintaining diversity in my caseload. A few years ago I decided to pursue specialized training in Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered approach geared toward trauma but really I find it effective in working with most of my clients who are willing to tap into the body's wisdom. I am also working on a coaches certification with the Conscious Leadership Group and hope to integrate this work with corporate clients in the North Michigan Avenue office. ▪️
Who is your ideal client?
I really enjoy working with young adults who are launching from the home and starting to find themselves in adulthood. I like seeing individual clients but am also energized by more people in the room, couples, families and groups are fun to add to the mix. Generally clients who are motivated, curious and willing to take responsibility for their therapeutic process energize me. ▪️To learn more about Kate's clinical interests and areas of expertise, please visit https://urbanbalance.com/therapist/kate-hutson-lcpc/