Rachel H.

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to the Holidays

A Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to the Holidays

The holiday season is already in full swing, and for those who identify as empaths or highly sensitive people, it can all feel like “too much.”  What is a Highly Sensitive Person? Elaine Aron coined the term “highly sensitive person” (HSP) in 1991. According to...

Coping With the Unexpected

Coping With the Unexpected

My vacation in Yosemite was going along smoothly, hardly a hitch in any of my travel plans, and despite a rainy day in the forecast, only a little drizzle fell from the sky. I had hiked over 45 miles in four days, taken in some breathtakingly gorgeous views, and was...

Setting Kinder Boundaries with Yourself

Setting Kinder Boundaries with Yourself

Boundaries aren’t just for your relationships  with other people. The boundaries you set with yourself are just as vital and are essential for living a life that feels aligned with your values.  If you didn’t have good examples of boundary setting and...

Is EMDR Therapy Right For Me?

Is EMDR Therapy Right For Me?

Perhaps you’ve heard of EMDR therapy or someone has recommended it but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. You’d like to learn more about this therapy whose acronym you keep mixing up with EDM (not the same thing, I promise), and how it might help you. EMDR stands...

The Benefits of Self Compassion 

The Benefits of Self Compassion 

It’s not uncommon to come to therapy intent on fixing something about yourself or your life. You may reach out to a therapist expressing a desire to get rid of anxiety, stop feeling so angry all of the time, or get off the couch and into a workout program.  While...

Ease Back to School Anxiety for College Students

Ease Back to School Anxiety for College Students

If you’re heading back to campus soon and feeling nervous about it, first know that you are not alone. Transitions can be tough, especially for folks who struggle with anxious thoughts and feelings and tend to go to the “worst case scenarios” when thinking about what...

4 Breath Practices To Ease Anxiety

4 Breath Practices To Ease Anxiety

I like to point out to my clients, and remind myself, from time to time that breathing is something we are always doing, whether we’re actively noticing it or not. We might think of the breath as a constant, steady friend that we can always turn your attention toward,...

How to Honor Your Rhythms and Cycles

How to Honor Your Rhythms and Cycles

Just as nature circles round, with each season carrying its own tempo and rhythms, so do we. This happens on the level of biological processes, as we move through the phases of sleep or as a person who menstruates’ monthly cycle might impact their mood and energy...

Understanding and Healing Relationship Trauma

Understanding and Healing Relationship Trauma

Human beings are wired for connection and safety within relationships. When these needs are dismissed, ignored or we experience physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse within the very relationships that are supposed to bring us a sense of security and joy, our whole...

Yoga for PTSD 

Yoga for PTSD 

I’ll never forget my first yoga class. I was a stressed out and harried grad student and decided to go for it despite considering myself highly uncoordinated and inflexible – the class was offered as a part of my school’s gym membership, so what did I have to...