The Tattooed Therapist

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Grateful Ventures

November 13, 2018

Today’s topic is gratitude. Focusing on gratitude is a wonderful technique for lifting spirits when you are struggling. How can you use gratitude to get through a difficult time or a tough day? You can think of it as a force that acts in opposition to our (understandable) tendency to focus solely on what is bringing us down in any given moment. When my clients come to me, they are often in distress and have a long list of struggles and difficulties. So, in addition to working on solutions, I also find it effective to ask them to spend a few moments telling me about what they are grateful for. When I ask this, I am often met with a surprised silence at first! But, believe it or not, research shows that focusing on gratitude is directly linked to better social support and to reducing stress and depression.

To get through tough times this week, try writing down three things you feel grateful for. These can be either minor or major things, but it is important to note them. My request to you is to make this a regular practice—by writing down three things every day for a year. You will be amazed at how much you come up with!

By accessing your level of gratitude, you can start to recognize your strengths. This is just one of a few ways I partner with my clients and guide them toward improving their emotional health and their personal and professional lives. 

To wrap up, I’d like to share a powerful feeling of gratitude that I am experiencing now, which is gratitude for my new business and for the best people in my life who helped me create it! Throughout this journey, my family and friends have encouraged me each day to achieve this tremendous milestone. They have provided me with love, support, time, advice, guidance, knowledge, and positive energy. Thank you!


November 5, 2018

The Lakota people have a saying...Mitakuye Oyasin, or "We are all related". 


November 1, 2018

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*The content found in this blog is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of counseling, therapy, or advice from a professional. If you are in need of counseling and/or help with psychological problems please contact a mental health professional.

Top Row (left to right): Me with Mrs. Michele Weiner-Davis; 2017 AAMFT Conference 1st Place Ethics Competition; 2017 AAMFT Conference, Regis University table; me with Andrew Romanoff, CEO & President of Mental Health Colorado, Former Speaker, Colorado House of Representatives

Bottom Row (left to right): 2017 ISNR Conference Student Advocacy Award; 9 News Health Fair; 2017 Psi Chi International Honor Society Panelist

Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.

- Harriet Lerner

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