A vision for health...
"Do one thing that scares you everyday." -Eleanor Roosevelt
In the field I have chosen, I have to believe that each of us is doing the very best that we can with the skillset that we have available to us. Sometimes, however, the tools that make up our skillset have become less effective over time and, although they were helpful at some point in our past, they have now become outdated. These ‘default’ tools can sometimes help us get by in the moment, but ultimately they do not produce the long-term outcome that we would like for our future and ourselves. Many times they leave us overwhelmed leading to mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, issues with relationships and the lowering of function in many of life’s arenas.
Gaining a new set of skills to override those hard wired default tools takes guidance and practice. Messages such as “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not lovable” help to keep us stuck and frustrated. That negative self-talk is hard to face and sometimes even harder to challenge, but it can be done.
My approach will always be to go where the science leads me and science supports the ability to change our brain networks, the way we think and ultimately the way we go through life. I encourage all clients who come to see me to start to identify those negative messages that they may be holding about themselves because those messages alter the lens that they view life with. Once identified these negative thoughts can be challenged and the client then can begin to allow a different view on self and the world. As Norman Vincent Peale, one of the leaders in positive thinking once said, “change your thoughts and you change your world." It is the basis of my practice and, in my humble opinion, could not hold more truth.
The science behind a healthy mind...
Below are articles in science behind the changing thought: