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Handling Time Distortion with COVID-19 Restrictions- What Day Is It?

I’m hearing so many comments about the lost perception of time lately.  “I don’t know what day it is.” “Was that two days ago or two weeks ago?” “I feel like it’s Groundhog Day,” (alluding to the movie when actor Bill Murray’s character experiences the same day repeatedly). We may have felt this before when we were on vacation or...[ read more ]

Tired Yet? Coping with Compassion Fatigue from COVID-19

The thoughts and feelings rising from this current pandemic can be so exhausting.  There is many a day I get to the point of feeling completely and utterly spent, drained, “done.”  The strain of tending to family members, friends, clients, random people in the public.  Sometimes you are just so tired of caring about it, tired of talking about it,...[ read more ]

Why Avoiding Worry Leads to More Worrying

Avoidance or escapist behavior (doing a different behavior, or not doing something so we can avoid the feelings of fear, sadness, anger, shame) is a common reaction to a worry or stress. It serves as a protective function, the brain's way of averting danger or threat. An example is deciding to watch a show on Netflix instead of working on...[ read more ]

Responses to COVID 19: Helping Yourself Cope

This pandemic has been challenging for us in so many ways.  Our reality has shifted and we find ourselves thinking and feeling things that are difficult to understand. Trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk likens it to reactions he’s seen in trauma survivors.  For some of us, due to our personal histories or current situations this pandemic can be...[ read more ]

Acknowledging Loss

We are so focused on acquiring...get this, take on that, pursue this, gain that. What about the loss that is inevitable in our lives? Small losses, if not grieved, are cumulative and influence how we handle future losses. Our culture currently does not address loss, does not teach us how to grieve. It is secret...we are just quietly supposed to...[ read more ]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy?

Well, not exactly. According to social psychologist and "father" of thought suppression David Wagner, the more we try not to think of something, the more we think of it. In his 1987 "white bear" experiment, he showed a picture of a polar bear to a group of participants and then had them track their thoughts but avoid thinking of the...[ read more ]

Grieving the Loss of the Assumptive World

I think about the losses that so many are experiencing due to this virus. My daughter has to come home from college and take her classes remotely.   Family members, friends, co-workers having to cancel their work conferences, school trips and vacations. The loss of performed rituals at church, hundreds of years old, now suspended due to the threat of...[ read more ]

Your Inner Critic: Friend or Foe

We all have it...that part of ourselves that is the critic. It tells us what we should have or should not have done in almost any situation ( "if only I would have..." "I really could have..." ). For some of us this voice helps us do our best work, or keeps us healthy and safe. But when is it...[ read more ]

5 Tips for Teens and Parents: Coping with College Rejection Letters

Every year about this time there is a portion of the population that is dealing with a loss. You wouldn’t know about it until it happens to you or someone you know well. It affects much of the senior high school population and their loved ones, and the effects can range from minor malcontent to clinical depression.   Topic- College Letters...[ read more ]

Five Minute Movement Experiential to Quell Fearful Thoughts

Five Minute Movement Experiential to Quell Fearful Thoughts   1) Get into a relaxed position. 2) Focus in on your breathing and notice the small movement changes in your body with every inhale and exhale. 3) Focus in on your fingers and move them in a way you associate with the fearful thought. Notice the qualities it has, the pace...[ read more ]


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