“I learned that everyone is not equal! We are all different. We face different challenges. But the way we treat people should not be different for any reason. It should be equal! I truly believe that “THUG LIFE, the hate you give little infants ‘messes’ everyone.” Being mean and hateful toward others really does mess up society.”
I sat down last Saturday to engage in some self-care by reading a poem from my favorite poet, Mary Oliver. In her poem, “The poet Dreams of the Mountain,” she writes:
“Sometimes I grow weary of the days, with all
their fits and starts.
I want to climb some old gray mountain, slowly,
the rest of my lifetime to do it….
May 10-11, 2019
ABOUT DARING GREATLY™
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.
During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Bridger Peaks Counseling is excited to announce the newest clinician to join our team. Caroline Whisman-Blair, MSW, SWLC.
Caroline earned her degree from Eastern Washington University in Washington State prior to moving to Bozeman. She has a wealth of experience working in the field addressing mental health concerns with adolescents and adults of varying ages.
She utilizes an internal family system philosophy and integrates person-centered, behavioral techniques, self-compassion and mindfulness. To learn more about Caroline or to schedule an appointment, go to:
If you’re anything like me – January is a time to slow down, reflect, and think about what I want to accomplish and change in the next year. If you’re also like me, when asked, “what are your New Year’s resolutions?” I tend to freeze up, feel the tension paralyze my shoulders, and the social pressure to list off specific goals in various areas of my life—career, health, relationships, financial, social, etc.
It feels overwhelming.
In guidepost discussion #5 Rachael Dunkel continues to share about the 10 guideposts of wholehearted living. This week we explore cultivating self-compassion and letting go of perfectionism.
Perfectionism has long been believed to be a positive attribute but Brené Brown's research show perfectionism is just another human experience of shame. In this week's video, Rachael encourages you to explore self kindness by talking to yourself like you would someone you love.
4 Tools for Families Helping a Loved One Through Addiction
In 2014, it was estimated 21.4 million individuals struggled with substance abuse disorders. Substance use disorders are not the only addiction issues that continue to plague our society although they have the most impact and negative consequences associated with them. We continue to see other areas of concern including internet, shopping, pornography and food addiction. As our country continues to be impacted by the opioid crisis, increased alcohol consumption and other process addictions, more and more families are asking the question, "How do I help my loved one through addiction?"
Living life as a special need parent is challenging. We find ourselves in unique situations often working to protect ourselves and others from the negative experiences associated with having special children. Unfortunately, living by the universal rule that typical is "good" and atypical is "bad," can leave special need parents feeling anxious and isolated.
Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
In this week's discussion, we explore the benefits of cultivating gratitude and joy and letting go of never enough. Rachael Dunkel, LCPC, LAC and Kory Ann Rogers, PCLC, ACLC, provide tools for digging deep and practicing gratitude.
Bridger Peaks Counseling therapist's Kory Ann Rogers, PCLC & Rachael L. Dunkel, present
3 Tips for Surviving the Holidays. In this brief video, you will learn about square breathing, setting boundaries, and using self-kindness to enjoy this special time with family while keeping your sanity along the way.
ABOUT RISING STRONG™
The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall.
Rising Strong™ Workshop is a research-based program about what it takes for us to get back up, live a more wholehearted and satisfying life, rise strong and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write daring new endings.
By participating in the Rising Strong™ Workshop with Rachael & Kory Ann, you will have the opportunity to explore how to live more bravely by showing up in the professional arenas of your life and rise strong to become the best, most authentic version of you.
The Bridger Peaks Counseling Team is excited to announce we have a new clinician joining our practice. Vanessa Clark, MSW, LCSW, will be accepting new clients starting October 1, 2018. If you are exploring therapeutic service, please don't hesitate to reach out to Vanessa at (406) 813-0239. She currently accepts BCBS of MT, Medicaid, Cigna and sliding scale direct payment.
Attached is information on Vanessa and her therapeutic framework:
As a licensed clinical social worker, I feel strongly that each individual has strengths within themselves that can assist them with coping through struggles and empower further personal and relational development. My goal with clients is to journey with them, assisting with identification of those strengths and further resources to maximize quality of life and relationships. I believe in the power of joining my clients and validating their experiences.
My experience has been primarily with adjustment-based disorders including chronic illness and pain, end of life, grief and bereavement. I have provided therapy and resource to those directly dealing as well as their caregivers, family members, and other support persons. I also have experience with school age children in addition to individuals impacted by multiple barriers.
As a therapist, I know the benefit of a safe, trusting relationship to explore, identify, and change areas of need in one’s personal life. I welcome the opportunity and would be honored to further learn about you and your goals.
We invite parents, educators, and healthcare providers to join us for an empowering day exploring the role of language and compassion on health outcomes and the well-being of special need families.
Rachel Callander, world renowned speaker and author of "Super Power Baby Project", will teach about the implications of language on the health outcomes of special need children and how to move from a place of powerless to empowerment as parents and professionals.
In addition, there will be experiential learning opportunities for parents and professionals on emotional well-being, self-compassion, and a panel discussion to increase awareness around the unique challenges of raising a child with special needs.