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Intuitive Eating (series 9 of 12)

**NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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Of Hurricanes and Such

Here in Florida we have been awaiting a hurricane. Hurricane Dorian to be exact. The waiting has been the most difficult part. Today is the day. The day we will face wind and rain. Not a hurricane thankfully, for it’s path has led away from us. Leading up to today many may have wrestled with […]

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One Day written by Landmark

Verse The people, the moments, The words that I spoke with Were taken as tokens of time The checkmarks in boxes, these things are dealt with I just needed a right frame of mind   Chorus Where do we fall? When does it end? When did my sins become friends?   Chorus Every once in […]

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Intuitive Eating (series 8 of 12)

PRINCIPLE 7: COPE WITH YOUR EMOTIONS WITHOUT USING FOOD **NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (7 of 12)

**NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one principle at a time. […]

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From Protest to Praise

How do you pray when you’re in pain? How do you deal with disappointed desire? How do we find God when you’ve been longing for something that never seems to come through? The Psalms teach us to “pour out our hearts before Him” (Psalm 62:8). They are a collection of prayers that give utterance to the […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (6 of 12)

Principle 6: FEEL YOUR FULLNESS   **NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus […]

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Parenting Ourselves and Our Children: Behind the Behavior

This post is largely based on Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson’s book No Drama Discipline.  If you are looking for a more in-depth discussion of this topic or other parenting issues, please read No Drama Discipline and The Whole Brained Child.  You can also find Dr. Siegel’s and Dr. Bryson’s videos on […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (5 of 12)

  Principle 4: CHALLENGE THE FOOD POLICE   **NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the intuitive eating workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on […]

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A Way Towards Healing

We at Pinnacle work closely together, ever desiring to sharpen and challenge ourselves as therapists. One of the ways we do this is by sharing and listening to Podcasts. Adam Young’s Podcast, The Place We Find Ourselves, is one we all particularly enjoy. In one of the episodes Adam talks about the path to healing […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (4 of 12)

Principle 3: MAKING PEACE WITH FOOD **NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on […]

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Courage!

  I love what this quote says. It is a reminder to me that courage has to do with showing up. Can I wake up tomorrow and face the situation that hasn’t changed, live with the pain that does not have a quick fix, or face disappointment. Can I wake up and look for goodness, […]

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This Is Madness

Not long ago I became certified in Anger Resolution Therapy after several conversations with fellow “Peacemakers” led to an increased curiosity about my own relationship and history with anger. I was fairly disrupted to find out that I am more familiar with this undesirable emotion than I had would have admitted. The more I leaned […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (3 of 12)

Principle two: Honor Your Hunger**NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and the intuitive eating workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will focus on one […]

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Need

Need. How does that word strike you? Do you recoil from it? Lean into it? Maybe it brings you relief, an exhale… Maybe it brings a tightening, tension in your body.   On Sunday I was overwhelmed with a sense of my need. Need for help, need to be known, need for support, need for […]

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Intuitive Eating Series (2 of 12)

Principle 1: REJECT THE DIET MENTALITY   **NOTE: everything discussed in this blog series is derived from Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook. As you read these posts, I strongly encourage you to purchase and read both as this series will not be as thorough and informative as the books. Each month we will […]

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Intuitive Eating: Diet Culture in the New Year (1 of 12)

*This is the first of a monthly series on Intuitive Eating, be sure to check back for more*     I started dieting in the eighth grade. By the end of my ninth grade year I was clinically diagnosable for anorexia. In those days I could have made a career out of avoiding food.   […]

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My Clenched Fist

I’ve heard it said that each life lived is like a plot of land granted to a gardener. I’ll buy into that for a moment. We are assigned a task to produce a fruit unique from all others, then provided with constraints of an uncertain amount of time, unpredictable seasons of weather, with one piece […]

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Mary’s Song of Trust

Mary is a paradigm of faithfulness. She is a remarkable woman because her trust is in a remarkable God.   The God who is the lover of the lowly.   The One who notices the unnoticeable.   The One who draws near to revive broken and humble hearts.   Sermon by Benjamin Kandt   https://www.buzzsprout.com/67377/878027-songs-of-the-messiah-mary-s-song-of-trust-advent

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Intuitive Eating and the Holidays

I used to dread the holiday season. Thanksgiving was the worst.   I know many people dread the holidays. Being around family is stressful for some and for others there is no family to go home to. Those weren’t the reasons though that anxiety would linger in my body each November.   When I was […]

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Partnering Towards Improving Mental Health

One of the most attractive parts of Pinnacle Counseling Institute to me as a therapist was the vision founder and CEO, Cathy Gibson has for our incredible team today and in the future.  Cathy believes, as I do, that the people most in need of mental health counseling, are often times prohibited by costs.  This […]

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Unexpected Lessons

I love yard work. Being outside, feeling the sunshine, getting into the dirt…so healing to me. Tuesdays I work in the yard and this week I found myself lost in thought as I weeded our beds. As I let my mind ponder, I began to see how weeding is much like counseling. Weeding is a […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Cure Stigma

Mental Health Awareness Week – Cure Stigma   This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. If you or someone you know is struggling, this week is for you.   NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), a great resource for those experiencing mental health struggles as well as for those who know and love people who […]

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What Our Bodies Hold

Several years ago I went through a season of having daily stomach pain. I went to a Gastroenterologist but test results showed I was as healthy as could be. I tried noticing every food I put in my body to see if there was a food “culprit” for the pain but nothing I eliminated made […]

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Always. There.

Always. There.   I recently flew to Portland, Oregon. What a beautiful place. So utterly different from Florida. Christmas Trees everywhere! Wineries dotting along the drive to the Coast. Humongous rocks jutting out of the Pacific. There is just something majestic about the West.   What does my trip have to do with mental illness […]

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Authenticity

Life is pretty tough sometimes. There are so many variables that we can’t control, and sometimes it feels like we screw up the ones we can. People know about the addiction, the job losses, the diagnosis, the anger. They don’t know about the internal world. They haven’t heard about the fear, the hurt, the greed, […]

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Growth

It is happening again. Those words in anger and frustration that tumble out of my mouth before I realize it, leaving those around me with jaws dropped .   I immediately feel shame.   I recognize I am in shame because of how my body responds; tight stomach, chest tight, wanting to run, lowered head, […]

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The Power of Story

Have you ever found yourself captivated by a good story?   I recently began watching the TV series Lost (years behind I know… better late than never right?). Immediately, I sensed, “this is going to be a good story.” It peaked my interest. Made me curious. Wondering and imagining how each person’s unique presence on […]

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The Power of Transition

About a year ago our counseling practice moved offices. Nothing major, just a few doors down from where our office used to be. I got to decorate my new office; paint the walls white, fill the room with plants, and pick out trendy new furniture. It was an upgrade for sure. I should have felt […]

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Consciousness

I exist as I am, that is enough. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself. -Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass   Consciousness-the state of being awake […]

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Why Counseling?

Life. No one escapes without some kind of pain. Some seem to skirt by unscathed but this is only the appearance of things. You are not alone.   In my own life there was a time where life was just too much. I didn’t know how to keep going with the way things were. It […]

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When Mental Illness Barges In

I remember when mental illness invaded our happy home. It was like an unwanted, obnoxious guest moved in, uninvited and unannounced. That was in 2004, when our last child was entering his senior year in high school. Over the years, it’s been a tumultuous journey with some very low lows, but also significant times of […]

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