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Self-care to feed your soul

When last did you practice the ritual of self- care? What does self-care mean to you? To some is might be making time to meditate or do some yoga.  To others it could be taking time to be quiet and go deep within – finding their truth.  However deep you choose to go, self-care is …

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Holistic Psychotherapy

“ Holistic Psychotherapy, for me is providing clients an ego supportive positive psychology approach that includes safe touch, Reiki and energy somatic experiencing, hatha yoga, meditation, Breathing exercises, visualization, guided imagery, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, and spirituality, as the need arises, and based on the client’s interest” The word holistic implies, whole, complete, comprehensive, or as …

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Healing  – Part 2

Where does one begin their healing journey? By the time you are asking where to begin your healing journey, know that you have already begun. Know that there is no right place or time to embark on your healing journey. As with any issue or concern, the first step is recognizing that there is a …

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There is No Immunity

How does being an immigrant influence the potential of being sexually abused? I believe there is no direct correlation between being an immigrant and being sexually abused.  Unfortunately, sexual abuse and violence is an epidemic across the globe.  In the United States only, there are 1 in 3 women,  1 in 6 boys sexually abused …

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Helping a loved one

How should you respond if you hear that a friend or family member has been abused? Becoming aware of the fact that someone you love has been abused can be very difficult. The most important thing is to make sure that they are presently safe. Let them know that you are there to support them …

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Flashbacks

I often see, hear and feel like I am back at the scene of the sexual abuse.  How do I get rid of these visions?  These visions are often referred to as Flashbacks; “sudden and disturbing vivid memories of events in the past, especially as a result of psychological trauma”.  Flashbacks are difficult to deal …

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Disclosure

Many friends and family believe that I should not talk about my childhood sexual abuse. They say it has been too long since it took place.  They suggest I think about how it would affect my family.  Should I or shouldn’t I disclose/share my secret?  Discussions around disclosure are very personal.  This too can only …

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Healing – Part 1

We discussed abuse in all in its forms in the last blog.  This week I want to share more about the journey to healing.  How long does it take to heal from sexual abuse? Although many ask this question, a response is impossible.  There are many factors affecting the impact of the occurrence.  Every person …

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