Reflections on Me – it’s all about me, isn’t it? – and FREE Stuff

First and foremost: Thank you to all of you for reading my posts, taking your time to comment, clicking on the “like”  or offering your love, insights, personal struggles, poems, pictures and humor.

sunnymars100900002Evolution: I walk a fine line between what to disclose and what to keep private, both as a therapist and as a blogger. As a therapist my training was to never self-disclose. Therapists are supposed to be a “blank slate” upon which clients  project their own feelings, fears and hope.

As I’ve “evolved”, modified or down right let go of more and more of my “training” – what remains always surprises me.  This blog continues to evolve with me and probably surprises you too!

Objective Observation: Clients come in looking for a quick fix – understandable and healthy not to want to remain in a state of  pain, confusion or fear.  They  look to me for my point of view (there goes the blank slate!).  Truth be told, they don’t always like my point of view but I give it anyway.

I am not an expert on life – just an observer, a professional lookie-loo. The only difference between my clients and me is that I “usually” can objectively  observe my own  unhealthy (read, “bad”)  behavior – can’t always stop it but I sure do know what my part is.

Behavior: Time for me to begin to act on my observations. 

Observation: My entire life has been about teaching and sharing what I’ve learned. I didn’t deliberately set out to do this, it seemed to just happened.

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Observation: I’ve accumulated a TON of  “stuff”.  I have closets of  craft supplies, audio recordings, power-point P1030969presentations, creative expression tools & techniques on a variety of topics such as health & wellness, spirituality, psychology, creativity etc, etc.

Behavior #1: I’ve begun to make more changes to this blog.  I’m adding FREE STUFF, rearranging and editing.  Can’t afford to pay anyone so I struggle with the technology side – struggle is putting it mildly –  it is slow going and doesn’t work the way I’d like.

  • It isn’t very “user-friendly”
  • I don’t know how to link things for easy retrieval. (I’ll try to put the new “stuff” at the top.)
  • You’ll have to periodically click on the “FREE STUFF” on the header to see what’s new.
  • I can’t figure out how to create MP3 downloads so the audio recordings will have to be listened to on the blog

P1030059Behavior #2:

After a 6 month hiatus I will start facilitating live workshops again.  That will help thin out the supply cabinet!  I’ll post the schedules on the blog.

As many of you know, my attention span does not span a lot of time, my interests pull me in many directions and my physical health sometimes puts a damper on my intentions.  So be patient, be encouraging and please share with your friends what I share with you.

"Happy New Year" from Bob the Blob Fish
Happy New Year from Bob the Blob Fish “Humph”

3 thoughts on “Reflections on Me – it’s all about me, isn’t it? – and FREE Stuff

  1. So, I was taking advice from you who struggles with the technical part? I think you are a pro. Not that I understood a word of your last email but it doesn’t matter. I’m glad you are concentrating on things you love to do best, truly. You can read others so well, even over cyberspace! You have guided me and so many others with your gift but mostly with your heart. I know, you will always tell the truth, whether or not it’s what we want to hear and I admire you for that. As for free stuff I will send you my address when you want it! Looking forward to seeing the workshop schedule. Love, PK Jr.

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  2. I can’t wait for the “free stuff”! Your blog has always brought me inspiration & I visit from time to time for therapeutic techniques. I’m an LPC-Intern working in private practice and I’m sure you can relate to the beginning struggles of even getting clients through the door. Well, I’ve been brainstorming the idea of starting my own creative therapy workshops. I do, what i call, “creative counseling” and want to share this passion with my community. Thank you for sharing your tools and insights. 🙂

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    1. Sofia, THANK YOU so much for your comment! It’s nice to know that what I’m putting out there is helpful. Much of the time it’s like throwing things into a black hole with a blog!
      I do know how hard it is to get going with a practice.
      My unsolicited advice: if you haven’t already, give some mini one time (1-2 hour) FREE or low cost presentations and/or do a class at a local community college or center. Make sure you collect e-mails so you can contact people with what your future offerings.

      On the tutorial page the mask template and exercise sheet lends itself well to short presentations. I used it at the National Fibromyalgia Association Day presentation with an audience of about 100 people. I ask if anyone wants to share and there are always a few who do.

      Here’s to a prosperous New Year for you!

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