Ode to Pia Mellody

Ode to Pia Mellody

When I was a budding therapist, right out of social work school, I started the process of healing from complex trauma through EMDR. My therapist suggested that I read “Facing Codependence” by Pia Mellody. I was instantly hooked. I had, of course, been familiar with...
The Gift of Surrender

The Gift of Surrender

Sometimes events in life appear to be overwhelming and yet, a silver lining shows itself in unexpected ways. I chose to surrender on this one occasion not because I was so wise and so courageous. No, not at all. I actually surrendered because I was cornered,...
Belonging: Our Very Important Tribal Need

Belonging: Our Very Important Tribal Need

Oprah’s new series “The Me You Don’t See” is an enormously well-crafted and deeply moving series.  In that series, Oprah focuses her most amazing gifts on our mental health needs as humans.  And the shining truth that emerged for me in her beautiful work is that we...
The Dance of the Big Hunger

The Dance of the Big Hunger

In his lovely book, “A Mantis Carroll,” Laurens Van der Post, tells us about the intersection between the ancient and the modern.  Surprisingly, the tale reveals that man’s distant ancestors, the Bushmen of the Kalahari, shared a search for meaning...