So, maybe you have read or heard a bit about mindfulness, and have become curious. Not just, “What is it?” but also “How is meditation done?” Seeing yogis on the news or in movies or t.v. shows, sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, in total silence—you can’t help but think that’s what the goal is. But, truthfully, […]
TOO MUCH PRESSURE & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT!!!
Hi. My name is Sarah Blake and I am the owner of Blake Psychotherapy & Associates. I started this blog intending to provide enlightening and educational posts for our readers. Then I got stuck. I worried about those posts being PERFECT and the information being AMAZINGLY helpful to anyone who read it. I wanted to be PROFESSIONAL […]
What’s all this “mindfulness” stuff about? Part II by Sharon Cannon, PhD
To be skilled at “mindfulness” is to be less distracted by our thoughts and stories, and more focused on being present with the experiences upon which we generate our PICTURES of “reality”. The fundamental reality is really just the connection we have with our senses—sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile, and visceral (internal to the […]
What’s all this “mindfulness” stuff about?
So much lately has appeared in both the professional and popular literature about the mindfulness movement in mental health treatment. At first glance, the term itself tends to strike people as pretty “new-agey”, “woo-woo”, or the latest fad in a desperate search for happiness. However, the ideas and activities central to mindfulness have been around […]
The Power of Mandalas in Therapy
The word “mandala” means “circle” and comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit. It’s traditionally a circle that contains a symmetrical, geometrical pattern, much like a kaleidoscope design. Each mandala is unique to the person who creates it, and represents the spiritual facet of human experience. Spiritual paths such as Hinduism and Buddhism […]
Yoga in Psychotherapy
Though I’m not a certified yoga instructor, I’ve had some formal training with using yoga in therapy as well as many years of personal practice and experience. More and more, I’m finding it useful to integrate yoga into therapy sessions with clients. If you’ve never done yoga, you might have some ideas about what it […]
Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway
I love the book by the same title above. It is by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. and was published in 1987. Somehow my copy is all yellowed. I know it is not a new book, but was 1987 that long ago? Ok, don’t answer that!! When I was early in my career, I recommended the […]
Remember a million years ago when I started the “moving day” series, which was supposed to be a series on stress? Well…. thanks to my wonderful intern, Shir Kaplan, it will finally be finished. Shir joins me until the end of the school year and she is a wonderful addition to the Sarah Blake […]
Jessica Weiner – Taking a new twist?
I need to take a brief segue from my stress theme, as I want you all to take a look at this article that Jessica Weiner wrote in the September issue of Glamour Magazine about her “Health Awakening.” Entitled “Loving my Body Almost Killed Me”. I adore Jess Weiner. She is a great speaker, fun […]
Moving Day, Part II
A day late, I know! Sorry for the delay! Ok, I know, I left you hanging there the other day…. They did have to call in the cavalry. There is someone called an “installer” that can come and fix what the movers cannot do. I was put on the phone with the woman who “sold” […]
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