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Good short read on the monotony of every-day polyamory. 🔗 in @gottmaninstitute bio. . . I love how the author owns that mistakes were made in the beginning stages of claiming a #polyamorous orientation 💔 If you need help navigating these issues, I can help! 🌈 I see individuals and couples who identify with or practice #polyamory . . . . . #RealRelationships #couplestherapy #healthyrelationships #pdxtherapist #queertherapist #queercouple #polyamorytherapy #aligncounsel
The tail end of May was extremely busy but enriching for me. I was fortunate enough to have happened upon a free two-day training offered by Wolf Pack Consulting and Therapeutic Services. The highlight of the event for me was speaker Eduardo Duran, PhD. Dr. Duran shared his thoughts and learning about trauma from an Indigenous perspective. I’ve often felt mental illness is more than just a hurt or sickness within individuals, but a hurt or sickness that is in the world... Dr. Duran’s words hit home for me and helped come closer to understanding the bigger picture and true nature of mental health work. I felt inspired and what I learned that day will continue to influence my work for years to come. If you’re equally inspired by this message I encourage you to seek out Dr. Duran’s work, an updated edition of his book “Healing the Soul Wound” comes out soon.
My next #mentalhealthmonth highlight is @thelatestkate 🌈 I discovered this account through a friend and have been loving the beautiful affirmations and magical creatures ever since. I love the messages of reassurance around self-worth, and ability to make it through the hard times.
#mentalhealthmonth highlights of my favorite accounts continue. I love all the #gentlereminders from @littlearthlings for their beautiful simplicity that manages to hit home every time. This one here is my all time favorite and holds a lot of personal meaning to me: these words came through to me from the universe in a very tender time and place, they challenged me to believe I am strong and I learn it more and more every day. Thanks @littlearthlings for bringing us these needed messages!
Ohhhh it’s another #mentalhealthmonth shout-out to an account I really love that positively impacts me and my mental health. @positivelypresent is an artist/illustrator tackling many mental health related themes in a compelling, understandable, and beautiful way. Some illustrate helpful lists (ways to cope with anxiety, how to stay cozy in winter), while others are simple powerful messages. You can see more of my favorites in my “inspo” story highlights.
Keeping going with my #mentalhealthmonth tributes: @alokvmenon is everything when it comes to deconstructing gender norms and the binary system, with the intersection of a PoC perspective. As a gender non-conforming transfemme artist and performer Alok (they/them) unpacks so much with wit, joy, discernment and vulnerability. They speak out against policing presentation and trans-exclusionary practices, and celebrate art, community, fashion and self-expression. Thank you @alokvmenon for being a shining light in the world! 💫. . . 📸@sylviethecamera
Next up for my #mentalhealthmonth tribute to amazing IG accounts I love: @bodyposipanda ! It’s not just all the pink (though I love the pink), I visit Megan’s page when I need an infusion of sharp critique of diet culture and someone shamelessly and joyfully loving their body and being. She may make it look easy at first but through vulnerable sharing @bodyposipanda lets her followers learn about her journey to self-love and acceptance. Oh, and also, dance parties, because we all need a good dance party now and again.
🎨: @alyserurianidesign . . For #mentalhealthmonth I want to highlight the amazing IG accounts that fill my feed with inspiration and hope💫@alyserurianidesign is an amazingly talented artist using their skills to spread motivation and hope, provide education and raise awareness about all things mental health. Not only is the artwork beautiful but they use the vulnerability of their own journey to validate and bring hope to others. And as if all that isn’t cool enough, they are also training to be an art therapist! So cool to have someone so awesome join the field! . . . ⚡️Stay tuned for more shout-outs to awesome accounts this month.
May is #mentalhealthmonth mentalhealthmonth! Some thoughts about what “mental health” really means... . ⭐️ Mental health has historically been approached from a disease/illness model, meaning undesirable sets of symptoms are identified and labeled as an “illness,” such as anxiety or depression. While this can be helpful in understanding the experience, it can also be stigmatizing. . ⚡️While this mode of thinking is still prevalent in the mental health field, there is an ever-growing movement to work from a wellness-based model. The theory I work from views people as already intrinsically whole, ready to thrive as the hindrances holding them back are removed. . 💫 Above all I believe the goal of mental health is more than just removing symptoms. Mental health is a journey of personal growth and self-knowledge. My own mental health journey has not only helped me “feel better,” but also led to deeper relationships, a sense of belonging, a better relationship with myself and connection to my purpose. This mental health month I challenge you to reclaim your personal definition of mental health, and love the journey.
My kind of skyline. I’m so lucky to work in SE Portland where I can easily walk-commute to work. Gentle walks, beautiful spring blooms and sunshine are so good for my mental health! Did you know I have a new office centrally located on Hawthorne Blvd? I’m practicing there on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have room for new clients.