My life hasn’t changed much because of the pandemic, yet. It’s easier commuting to work and much easier finding a parking spot close to work. Grocery shopping is an even bigger challenge that it always is for me. I am an introvert so I keep to myself as a rule. My mind is always thinking about something or daydreaming about what could be. I am doing church at home and waiting on God for the next step he wants me to take.
Right now, he is calling me to continue growing as a therapist and implement my ideas for movement in my therapy practice. I’ve decided to call it Mindful Movement. God has taught me that I have to be mindful as I move because of my degenerative disc disease in my lumbar spine. I am now implementing movement into the groups that I do at work. They are basically psychoeducation groups and I’m trying to educate them on the importance of using movement to regulate your emotions.
I’ve got some clients who have limited movement abilities . Because of my sense of how to move in my body so that it won’t hurt, helps me lead them. I understand that not all of my individual clients would benefit from mindful movement in the same way but God keeps filling my head with ideas, plans, and dreams. It’s the one time I’m completely at ease with. When I ask them all to stand and do simple things like head rolls and shoulder scrunches, I do them too and I am getting the benefits as I lead them in the exercise. They all seem to enjoy the occasional change from sitting in a chair talking to actually moving their body and creating some increased blood flow to their brains. I still dream of doing way, way more, but not with the population that I am referring to here.
I am seeing positive changes in my clients and trying to be a light for God. I strive to create a space for safety and healing. I also want to be the calm in the storm because worrying about what happens tomorrow or what happened yesterday, does no one any good. I am learning to release the anxiety I see other’s fighting. I don’t know why God has chosen to bless me with this peace but I feel it’s one thing I can offer.
I am doing my part by social distancing and keeping my hands clean. I hope everyone will do the same. Be smart. Don’t panic. Think before you act. In the end, we win, because we get to be with God.
I have surrendered my life to the power of Jesus Christ and in so doing, I have relieved myself of daily anxiety and panic attacks. This is why I am not worried about the Coronavirus outbreak. In fact, I believe it be to an orchestrated event by the major pharmaceutical corporations that have our countryContinue reading “Do NOT Panic”
Like the baby seals that are currently being birthed and raised at La Jolla Cove, I am slowly making my way as an associate marriage and family therapist. I feel so unsure of myself and am so hard on myself and I expect to be awesome immediately. I had some moments of feelings of sheerContinue reading “Newbie”
I am astounded by God’s agape love. Less than 24-hours past the point where I thought God had closed all doors to getting hired as a therapist, I was offered a position at the company I most wanted to work with. Yesterday, I was looking through my emails for companies who were hiring and IContinue reading “Astounded by His Love”
It has been such a struggle to find employment. Even after spending thousands of dollars on my education, even with a Master’s degree, I can’t seem to get hired anywhere. This frustration has led to me to do some deep soul searching. God seems to be opening doors to pursue this whole GodStrongDance thing whereContinue reading “Path to Glory”
I was feeling very disconnected from the DMT (Dance Movement Therapy) field and was beginning to question my pursuit of board certification. Then I read an article by a practicing dance movement therapist on Facebook about the exact same feelings I was having. I became inspired. This person had a blog of her own andContinue reading “Continuing My Journey”
MOVING TOWARD COHESION: GROUP DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY WITH CHILDREN IN PSYCHIATRY The above picture includes me in the group, sitting on the floor in front, and the other participants of the recent class I took in Berkeley this past month. The teacher, Bonnie Bernstein, is standing directly behind me in black. The article written inContinue reading “Moving Toward Cohesion”
The Use of Dramatic Activities to Facilitate Dance Therapy with Adolescents Research has shown that using dance therapy with adolescents needs to be more structured when the adolescent suffers a mood or behavior disorder. Making a circle of all participants is rarely a good idea with this type of population and instead need task-orientedContinue reading “The Use of Dramatic Activities to Facilitate Dance Therapy with Adolescents”
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A PAPER I WROTE RECENTLY FOR A DANCE MOVEMENT CLASS I TOOK IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA. An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy by Sharon W. Goodill All psychosocial assessment needs to take into consideration the developmental level of the child, the systems in which the child lives, and individual characteristics ofContinue reading “An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy”
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