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the thrive 5

The Thrive 5

With a rich tapestry of personal experience, neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality, Rebecca unfolds a framework designed to shift individuals from the shadows of survival mode into the luminous realm of thriving. “The Thrive 5” isn’t just a set of guidelines; it’s a holistic approach that beckons listeners to actively engage in shaping their lives through a series of habits, behaviors, and actions.

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What is trauma?

What Is Trauma?

Through a blend of neuroscience, psychology, spirituality, and heartfelt personal narratives, Rebecca opens a window into the nuanced world of trauma. This exploration is not just academic; it’s a beacon of hope and understanding for anyone touched by trauma’s far-reaching shadows. As we unfold the layers of trauma’s definition, impact, and the pathways to resilience, this blog post aims to mirror the episode’s comprehensive approach, providing readers with a holistic view of trauma informed by science, empathy, and real-life experiences.

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Befriending & and Understanding Your Nervous System

Befriending & Working With Your Nervous System

Befriending and understanding your nervous system:
By delving into the science, psychology, and spirituality of our body’s response systems, we embark on a journey to unlock the secrets of thriving in the face of life’s challenges, ensuring a foundation for a life lived with intention, resilience, and harmony.

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Permission for Pleasure

Permission for Pleasure

What’s your relationship with pleasure? Notice what thoughts, feelings, and sensations come up for you when you sit with the word.

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Addressing Common Myths About EMDR

Addressing Common Myths About EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) stands as a transformative approach to healing trauma. Yet, despite its proven effectiveness, EMDR therapy often finds itself shrouded in myths and misconceptions that can hinder a true understanding of its potential.

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Are You Surviving or Thriving?

Are You Surviving or Thriving?

Are You Surviving or Thriving? There’s a big difference between surviving and thriving. Don’t you agree? If you’re in survival mode, you probably aren’t thriving. You’re likely going through the motions and getting by but not feeling fully satisfied and fulfilled with life. I bet it’s a struggle to find

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Beyond PTSD: EMDR's Role in Treating Complex Trauma

Beyond PTSD: EMDR’s Role in Treating Complex Trauma

Complex trauma is a term used to describe prolonged, repeated exposure to traumatic events, often beginning in childhood and affecting an individual’s overall development. Unlike a single traumatic incident, complex trauma encompasses a range of experiences such as abuse, neglect, and community violence, which can have lasting effects on a person’s emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being.

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What is EMDR & Benefits of Doing EMDR

What is EMDR & Benefits of Doing EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has gained popularity in recent years for its effectiveness in treating trauma and other mental health issues. EMDR utilizes a combination of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, and cognitive processing to help individuals process and heal from distressing memories and experiences.

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Reflection, Gratitude, and Intentions

Reflection, Gratitude, and Intentions

Reflection, Gratitude, and Intentions It’s that time of year when we reflect on the past, harness the goodies and lessons learned, and look forward to the future. I always find the end of the year to be an interesting time in which we’re looking backward and forward simultaneously.    I’m

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Let’s Talk About Busyness​

Busyness can be like a drug- addictive and hard to quit. We hate being busy but we also hate being bored. Can you relate? The distraction, the push, the urgency, the energy…they can feel like a weighted warm blanket, making you sweat profusely because it’s too hot and you’ve been under it for too long. But even though you’re a hot mess and totally uncomfortable, you don’t have the energy to take it off and get some air.

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Imposter Part … hey you! ​

Oh hey, you imposter. I see you’re back. What do you have for me to learn this time?

This is what I’ve been saying to myself every morning when I wake up with my imposter part screaming in my ear. Ever since the launch of my book, that part of me has been loud and intrusive in my head and heart. I call her Ida the Imposter, and it’s hard to love her…but I try.

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EMDR and Somatic Experiencing

EMDR and Somatic Experiencing Healing trauma starts within the body. EMDR and Somatic Experiencing are modalities proven to help process difficult memories, emotions, and trauma patterns. Because of this, mental health professionals have more resources than ever before to help address a multitude of trauma responses that clients may have.

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Polyvagal Theory… and why it’s so amazing!

Why Polyvagal Theory Is as Amazing as It Seems September 9th, 2021 Why Polyvagal Theory? What’s so amazing about it? How does it help my EMDR practice? Here’s the simplest way I can answer this. PVT offers insights into the functioning of the autonomic nervous system and helps to describe

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I Came Out As Non-Binary and Here is Why

I Came Out As Non-Binary and Here is Why June 10th, 2021 I grew up in a world centered around a binary in one form or another, like most of us. You are either a boy or girl. You either dress feminine or masculine – most likely coinciding with the

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What Is EMDR and Why Should I Get EMDR Trained?

What Is EMDR and Why Should I Get EMDR Trained? August 12th, 2021 EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. It’s a long name so we just refer to it as EMDR. EMDR is evidence-based for PTSD, however has been shown to be effective for a number of other

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My Bipolar II Disorder Is Not a Blessing or a Curse

My Bipolar II Disorder Is Not a Blessing or a Curse May 27th, 2021 Long before I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder, I was constantly labeled as an “Old Soul”, a “Sensitive Soul”… Not that my diagnosis and these descriptors have a correlation, but it was something that I

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Do EMDR Training

5 Reasons Why You Need to Do EMDR Training May 21st, 2021 EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, was discovered by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. This evidence-based therapeutic orientation focuses on the storage of memory as it may contribute to wellness or dis-ease. EMDR facilitates the reprocessing

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Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect April 27th, 2021 The image of this day will forever be burned into my brain. I walked into my daughter’s preschool office prepared for what I thought would be a typical parent-teacher meeting. My daughter had been in preschool for only a few months. What could they really

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Observing The Observer

Observing The Observer April 8th, 2021 Developing an observer self is a helpful vehicle for mindfulness and healing. Observing the experience and all of its thoughts, feelings and sensations, allows one to shift perspective and awareness. To notice and observe also requires connection to the prefrontal cortex and the Ventral

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You Don’t Need to Be a Yogi to Learn This

You Don’t Need to Be a Yogi to Learn This March 16th, 2021 In yoga, we often call upon something called a dristi, which translates to “focused gaze”. This may be a point on the wall, a spot on the carpet, or even a point within the body such as

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Somatic Experiencing and Social Media

Somatic Experiencing and Social Media March 3rd, 2021 I noticed my first unintentional, somatic experience with social media a few years ago after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship. Any time I would go on Instagram or Snapchat I would feel a pit in my stomach, my body temperature rise, and

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The Beginner’s Mind: Letting Go of Therapy Ego

The Beginner’s Mind: Letting Go of Therapy Ego The beginner’s mind is Buddhist concept, which refers to practicing with a sense of openness, humility, and a sense of newness. That is, rather than approaching life or experiences as an expert, can you cultivate a beginner’s mind by dropping preconceived notions

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Asteya and The Therapist Burnout Pandemic

Asteya and The Therapist Burnout Pandemic Asteya is the Sanskrit word for “non-stealing”. It is one of the “guidelines” of yoga, outlined in the Yoga Sutras, or “how to be” attitudes of yoga practice. We can all resonate with this, as it’s similar to guidelines or commandments found in other

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Why Trying So Hard Isn’t Working

Why Trying So Hard Isn’t Working I was always doing it. People pleasing and hyper-focusing on productivity to feel worthy of something. Anything. That insatiable drive to do more, be more, produce more was slowly eating away at my soul and sanity. I was unaware of the exhaustion that enveloped

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A Mindfulness Practice for Self-Compassion

A Mindfulness Practice for Self-Compassion Self compassion. Something that seems so simple, yet so complex.  Simple, in that we know it’s an antidote to suffering. Complex in that learning how to practice self-compassion can be challenging, confusing, and even triggering if it rubs up against some of our core wounded

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Building Capacity

Building Capacity If you read my previous blog post “The Season of the Slow Burn,” you may know that this year I have experienced burnout. It was not in the obvious way of waking up and looking in the mirror with the realization “I am feeling slightly burned out.” This

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The Season of the Slow Burn

The Season of the Slow Burn Those of us in the mental health profession are not new to stress or hardship nor are we immune to it. In fact, most professionals in our field have experienced painful life experiences, thus drawing us into a profession that entails walking alongside others

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5 Things I Am Grateful for As a Mental Health Professional

5 Things I Am Grateful for As a Mental Health Professional In a year full of grief, loss, worry, stress, and too many unprecedented circumstances to count, finding things to be grateful for can be a challenge.  However, as we know from the gratitude research, practicing gratitude can be a

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Hindsight 2020

Hindsight 2020 Unprecedented uncertainty seem to be the buzz words of 2020. This has been a roller coaster of a year full of sickness, death, grief, societal unrest, racial injustice, climate catastrophes and constant chaos amongst those running the country. Your nervous system has likely had enough; Because unprecedented uncertainty

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The Humble Therapist

The Humble Therapist   Be humble, be brave. These 4 words are a road map for life. For how to be; personally, professionally, humanly. When we humble ourselves, as healers, we approach our work with clients with a greater sense of empathy and compassion. We recognize that we do not

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