Posts made in June, 2017

If You Must, Dance First

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Sadie Jane Blog | Comments Off on If You Must, Dance First

If You Must, Dance First Alena Gerst Years ago, I was on the road performing in a show starring a seasoned, wildly talented, Tony award winning actress. I admired her work, and I wanted to learn as much as I could from her. I sought opportunities to ask her specific questions about her training, her approach to roles, and how she developed her career. She was always open to talking to me, and was genuinely very helpful. One day I broached a subject that is little discussed in the performing world, but I harbored a question and I was almost ashamed to admit it. I hoped asking her would not betray my dedication to our chosen field. “Did you ever think you wanted to have...

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Music as Medicine: 3 Ways Music Can Help Your Wellbeing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in GoodTherapy | Comments Off on Music as Medicine: 3 Ways Music Can Help Your Wellbeing

She was frustrated by her immobility and chronic pain. In her mind, she felt like she could simply stand up and walk wherever she wanted. But in reality, her body was stuck in a wheelchair. “I’m in a funk,” she declared in my clinic office. “I don’t want to do anything anymore.” This sort of conversation played on repeat week in and week out. I was feeling breezy one afternoon after one of my favorite songs played in my earbuds on my way back from lunch (which always spurs me to call my lifelong best friend and serenade her voicemail because she gets me). So that day I asked the frustrated woman in my office, “What’s your favorite music?” A small smile played on her...

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My Friend Had a Late-Term Abortion: 5 Things She Wants You To Know

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in GoodTherapy | Comments Off on My Friend Had a Late-Term Abortion: 5 Things She Wants You To Know

I was reflecting on a recent party we hosted and thought my friend Heather would enjoy a couple photos from the gathering. There was one of her chasing her toddler son around with a plate of food, another of her sipping from a wine glass full of grape juice. She was relaxed into her second trimester, answering all the usual questions from our guests: a boy, due in May, first trimester was uncomfortable but not terrible, totally different pregnancy from her first, totally excited. She joked about the whole “we’re pregnant vs. I’m pregnant” debate with her husband Jeff, who had stopped drinking and even gained “baby weight.” Her family used to live near us. They recently...

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Why Saying No Is Important For a Healthy Life

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in MindBodyGreen.com | Comments Off on Why Saying No Is Important For a Healthy Life

One of the things I most enjoy about my work as a therapist is the diversity of my clients. I learn new things every day from a broad cross-section of people with differing careers; socio-economic backgrounds; medical conditions; racial, ethnic, and religious differences; genders; sexualities; and family histories. But even with a group as diverse as this, I can say with confidence that the majority of my clients have one underlying problem that has led them to my office. They have not yet learned to say “no.” If you have not yet developed the skill to consciously use this one small word, your emotional health will suffer greatly over the long term. Why...

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