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Step One For Living Your Life On Purpose With Joy

In my last post I celebrated my 10th anniversary from surviving an attempt to take my own life when I was 19 years old, as well as the events that led up to my most hopeless moment.  Since my story has gotten a chance to reach others, as it circulates through the internet, I’ve had a …..Continue Reading

Words of Warning From A Survivor of Suicide

It struck me this Martin Luther King Junior Day that I cheated death 10 years ago by surviving my own attempt to kill myself.  I’m a survivor of suicide.  Naturally, this momentous anniversary has caused me to pause and reflect over my life and the last ten years.  To give you a perspective about how …..Continue Reading

My Interview For The Show Sound Effect On KPLU

Earlier today I had the pleasure of being interviewed by KPLU’s Gabriel Spitzer, host of Sound Effect.  I shared some details of my personal story that lead up to my PTSD and conversion disorder as well as some of my experiences during and after my life changing session with Dr. Jon Connelly that were not covered in …..Continue Reading

Recommendations For Effective New Year Resolutions

  On New Year’s Eve of 2015, I took the time to reflect on the past and write out my goals and resolutions for the year ahead. If you haven’t done this yet, I highly recommend it! Last year was one of renewal, inspiration, and clarity for me.  The year before was one of tests …..Continue Reading

“And Echoed In The Wells Of Silence…” Self-Injury: A Guest Post

  “You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” ― Helen Keller   Introduction …..Continue Reading

Seasonal Affective Disorder

As a hypnotherapist and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner practicing in Seattle, Washington, every winter I see clients for Seasonal Affective Disorder. People experiencing SAD (also referred to as “winter depression”) may describe the following symptoms: Sleeping more than usual as well as disturbances in sleep Fatigue, loss of energy Anxiety Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness, and …..Continue Reading

From Grief to Gratitude

From Grief To Gratitude (Cystic Fibrosis and the Happy Game) I’ll never forget the day I first met Jason (not his real name for the purpose of protecting my client’s identity).  It’s not every day you see a 22 year old man carting around an oxygen tank.  But there he was in my waiting room. …..Continue Reading

Beating Holiday Stress

I don’t know about your family, but there are few movies that I know we will be watching together come the holidays.  There are a few classics we traditionally watch the day after Thanksgiving when we put up the Christmas tree or on Christmas Eve.  One of them has always been National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation …..Continue Reading

How to Kill a Craving

As a Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and hypnotherapist, people come to me to get control in areas of their life where they seem to have none. One of the most common issues I have seen clients for in doing this work full time over the past 5 years, no doubt, is related to weight loss; …..Continue Reading

Social Anxiety: Finding Effective Treatment

Ever avoided making a phone call, returning an item, attending a party, or using a public restroom because you were too nervous at the thought of doing it?  Have you ever passed on asking someone out, participating in a conversation, or giving a presentation because you didn’t think you would handle it well?  Maybe just …..Continue Reading