Depression seems at record highs in recent years – and there is evidence to support that. Some point to social isolation with increasing divorce rates and social media. Some point to the increased anxiety in our culture and lifestyle over the past ten-to-fifteen years. But there is also evidence that depression has always been a part of human existence, in every culture around the world.
Now, let me make a distinction between severe, clinical depression and what I call “healthy depression.” There is a healthy amount of mental and emotional reset that takes place when dealing with difficult problems or situations. It could be called melancholy, the blues, feeling down, or “a damp, drizzly November in my soul” (as Herman Melville phrased it). This sort of depression is, I believe, a natural and healthy response to circumstances, and gives us valuable information and motivation, when properly understood.
The practice is growing! In order to serve my clients better, I am teaming up with Vitality Pilates in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and opening a full-time hypnosis practice there.
I will start seeing clients at 3603 S. McClellan St., Seattle WA 98144 next week, and officially launching as of March 1st. (My West Seattle clients can still meet with me at 35th & Roxbury, if that is more convenient.)
I am really excited to be co-located in a vibrant and active wellness atmosphere that includes not only a busy Pilates studio but a thriving massage therapy practice as well. I will continue to focus on hypnosis in a wellness context, incorporating integrative wellness and life coaching, and still offer marriage preparation, self-hypnosis and spirituality, with a specialization in work with transgender individuals. Weight loss, quitting smoking, managing stress, sleeping better, and changing habits or limiting beliefs continue to be among my most rew...
The scope of issues that transgender individuals (and their loved ones) encounter is both broad and intense.
Because of the nature of transgender identity itself there are a myriad additional considerations and stressors at play within trans people. Layer on top of that the social and political questions, issues, stressors and difficulties, not to mention the usual variety of questions, soul-searching and exploration associated with growing up, and it is clear: being transgender requires an extraordinary wealth of strength of character, perseverance, and unusual insight. And the sad reality is that too many don’t make it.
I grew up non-conforming but cisgender. I always understood my “difference” as a rejection of a social norm, but never gender identification. I don’t assume to know the transgender experience. I say this up front only to be honest about where I come from: I am not transgender myself, though I have deep sympathies for anyone strugg...
Have you ever overreacted? I mean, like out-of-the-blue lost it without even realizing why you were so upset? Sure, whatever happened sucked, but the level of anger, anxiety, fear, sadness or frustration you felt wasn't really appropriate to how sort-of-bad that one situation or "thing" was, right? Sure, we've all been there.
Some of us live there.
This happens all the time because when we are responding to something in our lives in the present or even in the future, we are reacting to every other time we've ever felt that way in our entire lives - we just aren't consciously aware of it.
This concept is "resonance." A lot of us know the word in music - if a guitar and a piano are in a room together (and both tuned to the other), if I strike a "G" on the piano, the G-string on the guitar will start to play, responding just to the vibrations in the air. Sympathetic resonance. Most of us know the idea in met...