Monday, April 20
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
We’re taught how to save money or scramble eggs, clean the bathroom or write a report—why aren’t we taught how to successfully have a human mind? The human mind is fabulous and creative but also squirrely and troublesome. It helps us invent and build and negotiate but also tells us scary and unhelpful stories and jumps around from the past to the future–rarely resting in this present moment. Rachel will talk about some of the best things to understand about our minds–especially under moments of stress that tend to cause anxiety and depressed moods. This will be accessible, digestible, and will let you walk away with concrete tools for managing the challenges of today, and of life in general.
I graduated with an MA in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO in 2002. Naropa is a Buddhist-inspired university and my program integrated meditation and spirituality with clinical psychology. I moved to Maine that Fall and worked in social work and crisis counseling. In the Spring of 2007 I began my private practice.
I like to talk about the real stuff. There’s not much that offends me or freaks me out. Yoga and meditation are ways I’ve found helpful to separate from the on-going internal chatter most of us have and to arrive back in our lives in real time. In my office I’m happy to teach meditation and sometimes I have clients who enjoy starting a therapy session with a few minutes of meditation to help them get centered on what they want to talk about that day. I love my work and I love living in Maine with my family, two dogs, guinea pig, and 12 chickens.