Are you practicing gratitude?
Sonia Williamson wrote a wonderful post about the impact of Instagram on our ability to live life authentically. She asks questions about our ability to show up and be seen in this social media crazed world. We'd love to hear your thoughts on vulnerability in the social media realm.
Sweet Zenith shared a post about the upcoming Daring Way™ Intensive Retreat. Thank you Sweet Zenith for allowing up to share your beautiful space.
Did you know that 1 in 7 women & 1 in 10 men suffer from postpartum depression? In this moving post, Kimberly Truong, speaks about her journey through postpartum depression. If you experiences symptoms, know that you are not alone and there is help available.
The Bridger Peaks Counseling & Recovery Services Team would like to invite you to The Daring Way™ Intensive Retreat scheduled for February 16-18, 2018. The Daring Way™ intensive retreat gives you space to explore vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness in service of transforming the way you live, love, lead, and parent. It is 3-day experiential retreat designed to help you show up, be seen, and live brave™ in all aspects of your life.
Click to learn more about The Daring Way™, Brené Brown or to register
Introducing Caitlin Brandl, Mental Health Practicum Intern. Caitlin will start with BPC&RC in February 2018!
Read a little about Caitlin and her approach to counseling below:
In this chaotic world, I believe we are all trying our hardest to do our best with the cards we are dealt. Humans are complex. Life is dynamic. It is full of ups, downs, twists, and turns. And sometimes we need some help navigating through the storm. It takes courage, persistence, and vulnerability to grow, change, and find meaning in our experiences. If you are considering therapy, I would be honored to walk alongside you on your journey.
I am driven by the belief that at our core, we are hard-wired for connection and a sense of belonging. To me, connection means that you feel seen, heard, valued, accepted, and energized from the relationship. I believe a trusting therapeutic relationship can help you heal, come alive, and cultivate resilience and hope. My goal is to help you discover your inner strengths, become more self-aware, learn new perspectives and skills, and make choices that lead to more fulfilling relationships, and a balanced, healthy life.
As a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who grew up in the Midwest and lived on both the East and West Coasts, I have a diverse background. I have worked with adults who have experienced all types of trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, relationship and career stress, and difficult life transitions, including military and adjustment issues. I have two years’ experience providing career counseling services to people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them break down barriers to employment. The past two years, I have worked as an advocate with adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence dealing with crisis. Currently, I am a pre-licensed counselor finishing my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis Counseling. I look forward to working with adults of all ages.
Trauma can be an isolating experience. To open up and be vulnerable, you must feel comfortable, safe, and accepted. My approach is down-to-earth and nonjudgmental. I will provide a safe place for you to be you. Unfiltered.
Brené Brown shares about the impact of hustling for worthiness. This article discusses the role of perfectionism as a shield used in an attempt to avoid "the pain of blame, judgment and shame." Failing in its attempt to protect us, we are often left with the deeply painful experience of never being enough.
Where are you from? I was born in a little town- Salmon, Idaho, however, I grew up in a couple of different places, mainly Challis, Idaho and Rexburg, Idaho.
Why did you become a counselor? That is a loaded question! I will go with the short answer. I know how satisfying, happy, and fulfilling life can be. I realized at a young age that helping others was something I was good at and enjoyed, so this came naturally for me.
What is your philosophy to healing? I believe every person has the ability to heal within them. I also think that there are times in our lives that become more than we can handle alone and we need someone to help us find those answers. That’s counseling! This quote says a lot to my thoughts on this topic, “A healer is not someone that you go to for healing, a healer is someone that triggers within you your own ability to heal yourself.” -Unknown
How do you define self-care? Important! So important. We often are so busy helping and caring for others, we forget to care for ourselves. It is like giving out of a water bucket. Everyone needs water from us, and we want to help, so we keep giving until there is nothing left to give, but we keep trying anyway and we wonder why we feel stressed, anxious, and upset. If we take time to care for ourselves, or refill our bucket, we can continue to be a benefit to those important to us while feeling good ourselves.
Why do you think so many people are uncomfortable asking for help? Our society holds personal strength and independence in high regard. When we need help, if we ask, many see it as showing a sign of weakness. There are times we would rather suffer in pain than be seen by others as weak, when in fact, those that ask for help are acting in courage.
What is your go-to self-care ‘tool’ or ‘practice’? I would like to say something about going to the spa, that sounds relaxing and self-care-like! However, in truth, my husband is my go-to. After spending time with him I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the next thing.
What do you do for fun? Besides spending time with my husband, spending time with my kids is so fun! We love to do things from traveling together, to just hanging out. If no one is around I love to read, read, and read some more.
What are your favorite books? There are so many! After thinking about my top few, they all seem to surround self-empowerment through hard times. Vikor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning is one of those. Sometimes I get to a place where my brain doesn’t want to learn anymore, so when I am not reading books that surround psychological things, I like books that have no learning to them, but still a bit of psychological mystery, and naturally, some romance.
What is your favorite book to recommend? Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.
What is your favorite quote or mantra and why? “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu. Cliché, yet so true in this work. The progress may be small and slow, but it is still progress moving you toward your goal. “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” –Carl Rogers. Love people for who they are. Do not judge them, accept them and don’t try to change and control them.
What is your favorite meal to cook? Oh, gosh…This is supposed to be an easy question. The fact of the matter is…I like to cook a lot of things so I don’t have a favorite meal to cook. I don’t like the monotony of daily cooking, but I do like to make meals for my family as well as bake for them. Oh, and my favorite thing to eat is fish when it is cooked right.
Is there anything else we should know about you? I like food and treats…too much. I love to laugh! My family brings me true joy. I love people and getting to know them and their stories.
One of my favorite TedX of all time. Glennon Doyle Melton shares her story about the lessons she learned in the mental hospital and how this experience was key to understanding herself. No stigma here! Thanks for sharing your journey Glennon.