Why I Love the Tools

By Grace Porter | 0 Comments

The Seven Tools create a shared vocabulary and a structure to think and talk about the inner process. They sound pretty straight forward when you talk about them so the ideas are easily taught/learned. I can drop a line here and there in therapy without having to do a whole psychoeducational sidebar and the point is conveyed.

The application of The Seven Tools, however, gets you into the same ooey gooey process as therapy. I have found that when I use the Tools with my clients that they are able to actively engage in the therapeutic process more quickly because we have a shared vocabulary and framework for thinking about the work.

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It Is Hard to See Others Hurting

By Grace Porter | 0 Comments

Imagine you are sitting with a friend and they share with you a problem they are having in their lives.If you are anything like me, you listen empathically and offer support, and there is a part of you that wants to jump in to fix it for them but that isn’t usually what they need.

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Am I Going to Cry Forever?

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I once had a student ask me, with tears streaming down her face, if she was going to cry forever. We had gotten to the part of the Taming the Bear class where I asked the question “What is a belief that you do not currently hold, but that if you held it, you would feel less stress?”

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The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated

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I break a lot of bad news to clients. Well, it isn’t actually bad news but it sometimes feels like it in the moment. The “bad” news I break is that they are going to have to feel their feelings (all of their feelings) if they want to move through them.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Why They Don’t Work and What Will Instead

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‘Tis The Season of (Over) Giving

By Grace Porter | 2 Comments

The season of giving sometimes turns into the season of over giving. And if we are being honest, over giving has become a way of life for some of us humans. It is something I hear about a lot in the office, and for transparency’s sake, it is something I have done a lot of…

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The Longest Run-On Sentence

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How Do You Know if You are Stressed?

By Dr. Hall | 1 Comment

I saw a middle-aged women in the office this week who works at a local tech firm. She came in for her annual free preventative wellness check-up that is a part of Obamacare. Since stress either causes or exacerbates nearly every major disease in our society, and since stressors are a universal human experience, good…

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The Two Biggest Stress Traps

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How you deal with stress has a huge effect on your health. Stress is ubiquitous and causes or worsens nearly every disease you may ever face. If you want to be healthy, you must find a way to neutralize its damaging effects. You cannot escape that fact. Every day in the office I meet people…

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I’m Right There With You…

By Grace Porter | 2 Comments

I teach people how to be healthy with their feelings and guess what? Sometimes I feel all kinds of uncomfortable stuff. That’s right. Even when you know how to be healthy with your feelings you still have uncomfortable feelings. Why am I telling you this? I am taking the time to write this out because…

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