Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jerome Myerson, MA, LPC, NCC

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  1. A quick guide to therapeutic free writing
    28 Aug, 2017
    A quick guide to therapeutic free writing
    When most of us write we have goals and objectives: We are sharing something on Facebook, we are e-mailing for work, we are trying to finish a report. Free writing is the polar opposite of all of this. It is directionless, goalless, and entirely for you. It allows your mind to unwind onto the page and provides an excellent window into your inner thoughts as they exist at this moment. In a therapeutic context, it is an excellent way to de-stress and take a look at what is actually going on in
  2. 01 Mar, 2017
    On the Tyranny of Shoulds'
    On the Tyranny of Shoulds Shoulds represent our internalized ideas of who we should be, how we should act, what we should experience, and what our life should be like. They are rigid internal rules which we apply widely, even in situations where they are irrelevant, painful or unhelpful. Although there are adaptive shoulds­­––such as “you should brush your teeth”––the vast majority of our shoulds do not reflect who we are and how we want to live our lives. Shoulds are also where we can see our
  3. Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post
    06 Feb, 2017
    Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post
    The bud stands for all things, even those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing, though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower, and retell it in words and in touch, it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing.  —Galway Kinnell We all forget, at times, our loveliness. We forget why and how to care for ourselves. And we definitely forget about flowering from within. This
  4. Mindfulness can be boring
    18 Jan, 2017
    Mindfulness can be boring
    Mindfulness can be boring. If there’s one thing you can say about our inner processes, it is that they are absorbing. Take a moment and reflect on your thoughts. Most of us spend a lot of time playing out the stories in our heads. Most of the time we are not aware of what stories we are acting out. We often believe them without taking the time to stop and examine them. Today, I had a chance to practice what I teach. I found myself in the midst of an exciting mental narrative that, as gripping

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