The Wisdom of Insecurity

Have you ever read that book?   There is a book called the ‘Wisdom of Insecurity’ and although I have not read it yet, I have heard it is a fabulous book and it is on my reading list and I must say that I do agree with the title.   I believe very strongly that our insecurities shed so much wisdom into our identity and story.   Insecurity is the underlining feeling and fear that if someone really knows me, they may not love me. Insecurity stems from either our childhood relationships with our parents and/or our adult relationships. When we feel insecure, we feel like we have to hide parts about our self from other people in order to receive love.  Insecurity is probably the one thing that we all have in common as human beings to one extent or another.

Healing from insecurity starts with having a relationship with someone where you feel comfortable to share all your story and all your feelings. The root of insecurity often times starts out in childhood where we felt like we were not able to talk about our real feelings with our parents. A lot of us grew up in a middle class american families where we were taught the values of hard work, strong character, your word is your bond, give to others who are less fortunate, etc.  However, most of us did not learn how to talk about our feelings. Insecurity is that feeling that says “if I am exposed and you really know me,  you may withdraw from the relationship and walk away.” The good news is, I have counseled thousands of individuals and I can tell you that the one thing we all have in common is this fear of being known and loved.   Truthfully, insecurity is what connects us all as human beings and I believe insecurity is beautiful when we are honest about it.

The major areas that people feel insecure about are; their personality, skills, relationships, body, and sexuality. When I say sexuality, I don’t mean someones orientation, although this can be an area of insecurity as well, I mean how someone expresses them self sexually in their inner most intimate relationship.  Everyone has a different insecurity story, but if we are going to heal ourselves of our insecurity, we need to tell our story. Telling our story takes a lot of courage and vulnerability.  Courage is not the absence of fear, its quite the opposite actually. Courage is moving forward and saying how we really feel, sharing what we really think, and saying what we really want to say, in the midst of fear.  Courage can not be found without fear.

On another note, here is another playlist for your enjoyment.  This playlist was put together by my virtual writing mentor Michael Hyatt and I really love this playlist.  All for now, I hope you had a good weekend.    🙂

 

Warm Regards,

 

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

 

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Healing from Dyslexia

In my years as a therapist I have counseled a plethora of individuals who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols.  Because there is so much misinformation out there regarding Dyslexia, the diagnosis of Dyslexia can sometimes create low self esteem and low self confidence because the person is scared to take personal and professional risks where they may have to read a lot or read out loud a lot.   When I have counseled these clients with Dyslexia, they were initially coming to me for areas that they thought were unrelated to their Dyslexia such as Depression and Anxiety.  However, once I started working with these clients they and I alike quickly found out that sometimes their Depression and Anxiety was directly related to their thoughts about their Dyslexia.

I believe very strongly that conditions like dyslexia, among many other learning, reading, and/or speaking disabilities requires us to open up our world view to the BEAUTY and DIVERSITY of the human personality.  Frankly, I loooove the diversity within the human personality and I would not have it any other way.  I believe very strongly that impediments such as Stuttering and Dyslexia, among many others are actually INCREDIBLE and AMAZING gifts from above.

When I meet someone with Dyslexia and I can tell that their self-conscience about their Dyslexia I will ask them to say these mantra’s to themselves in front of a mirror every day for 30 days morning and night.  Sometimes I will also have them read out loud in front of me and I will ask them to purposefully mess up words to desensitize themselves to their dyslexia.  Then I will have that person find one person who they trust and read out loud to that person 4-5x a week to desensitize themselves to their fears with reading out loud.

When someone commits to practicing these two exercises regularly it will decrease shame and embarrassment and increase self acceptance, self love, and self empowerment.  In doing this, I am starting to teach them to accept and love their dyslexia and I am also helping them to give up some of their limited ideas they may have received regarding Dyslexia from their youth.   When I am working with someone who has Depression and low self esteem because of their Dyslexia, when I am done working with that client, I want them to FEEL “Proud of their Dyslexia and wear their Dyslexia with Pride.”  When I have reached this point, I know we are getting closer at healing the shame that binds them and empowering them by seeing their struggle as a gift.

Healing from Dyslexia Mantra’s

~Say these Phrases 2x every day in front of a mirror looking into your pupils~

I Dylexia hvae.

I am BEAUTIFUL jsut teh way I am.

I am unstoppalbe.

I am Inrcedbile.

I am A-M-A-Z-I-N-G jsut teh wya I am.

I am Accepted.

I can od ynathing I put my mndi to.

I Can Do Anything I Ptu My Mind To.

I am leanring to loooooooove my dysleixia.

I don’t believe these htings abuot myslef yet.   yet.

Help me with my unbleeif.

Have you been diagnosed with Dyslexia?  How has your Dyslexia effected you?  I would love to hear your story, please comment below or e-mail me.   Disclaimer:  When I am using the terminology; “Healing from Dyslexia” in this blog, I am only referring to healing the shame that binds someone when they are battling dyslexia.  If you would like some additional resources on Dyslexia please click here.   Have a great week!

Namaste 🙂

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

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Skype Counseling

In addition to Traditional Counseling, I am now also offering Skype Counseling and Phone Counseling sessions as well.  If you are interested in Skype Counseling/Phone Counseling please click here and sign up.  Skype Counseling sessions are $85 per 50 minute session and payment is expected at the time the service is rendered.

 

 

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Walking Talk Therapy at Highline Canal Park

Does Traditional Talk therapy leave you feeling intimidated and uninterested in therapy?

Would you open up and talk more to your therapist if you were walking side by side vs. sitting in front of your therapist on a coach?

Do you find that you connect more with your mind and psyche through being in nature vs. sitting on a coach talking to somebody?

Do you often times find that you have your best conversations with people when your walking or sitting side by side vs. sitting in front of them?   (such as walking, hiking, or sitting in a passenger seat in a car?)

 

If you answered YES to these questions than you may be an ideal candidate for Walking Talk Therapy.  Walking Talk Therapy is where we incorporate nature and being outside into your counseling experience and process.  For many people traditional talk therapy can be a little intimidating and unnerving. With Walking Talk Therapy we combine the best of both worlds with being out in nature and implementing talk therapy while we are walking.  While Walking Talk Therapy can raise Serotonin, Dopamine, and Endorphin levels in our brain because we are outside and in the sun and in nature, another added benefit to Walking Talk Therapy is that you don’t have to be looking into your counselors’ eyes the whole time while your trying to share with them your feelings and thoughts, for some people this can be overwhelming.

Proponents of Walking Talk Therapy also say that Walking Talk Therapy can be much more relaxing and comfortable.   Walking Talk Therapy also takes off emotional pressure  for the client and because of this they’re able to share much more readily than they would be if the session was in a traditional office setting.  Parents of teenagers will often times report that they have the BEST CONVERSATIONS with their teenager when their driving in the car.  This is no mistake and there is a reason for this.  When you are driving, you are able to just focus on the road and you do not have to focus on looking at the person while you are talking.

My counseling office is a 5 minute walk from Highline Canal Park and my office is also a 5 minute drive from water falls that are in Highline Canal Park as well.  If you would like to incorporate Walking Talk Therapy into your counseling process at Highline Canal Park, please let me know that and I will be more than happy to incorporate that into your counseling experience.    To learn more about Walking Therapy please feel free to peruse the links below and if you have any questions regarding Walking Therapy please feel free to contact me.

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

Walking Talk Therapy Resources

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/walk-and-talk-therapy#1

http://www.walktalktherapymn.com/what-is-walk-talk-therapy/

http://www.growthcounselingservices.com/walk-talk-therapy-glendora-ca/

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Addiction Recovery Made Simple

Hello Readers!
I work a lot with Addictions and several years back I had a break-through with my clients regarding alcohol and drug addictions therapy and ever since then my work with addictions has become a lot more rewarding. In this blog, I am going to share with you what the breakthrough was for me and teach you a secret that will help you as well if you are struggling with addictions and are wanting to get some help.  Disclaimer, I do not think Addiction Recovery is simple at all, its truly for the courageous at heart.  However, I do hope this perspective may make recovery a little easier.

If I had it my way, I would make it a law that people cannot use or obtain alcohol or drugs until they are 25 and their real personality has fully developed and evolved and their brain has stopped growing.  I am sure when you hear me say that you are thinking to yourself; “OMG, have you fallen off of your rocker? Are your nuts?” Valid question, but No, I am not and let me explain to you why I would say this. First of all, let me start by saying that I am not against recreational drugs and alcohol use at all. Frankly, I know that God created substances purely for our enjoyment and pleasure.  However, the reality is that when people start habitually using in their teenage years they do not allow their REAL personality to fully develop and this has significant negative consequences on their overall development and confidence.

In our teenage years, this is a CRITICAL time for the development of our brain, personality, and social skills.  From the ages of 13-18 our personality and brain is developing at a rapid pace.   In this critical time period, we are learning all of our interpersonal and social skills and when we habitually use chemicals at this age we stop developing these social skills because when we are in social settings and we drink to lighten the mood we are using alcohol as a crutch and our social skills and real personality ceases to develop and evolve.

The reality is there are millions of adults that would not consider themselves to be addicts or alcoholics in any way, but yet they are not able to really let loose and have fun unless their drinking and this conditioning started back in high-school and college.   If this is true for you, I would say that you are an alcohol dependent and you don’t even know it.  The truth is in high school most teenagers are very insecure and awkward and they don’t feel comfortable in their own skin.  This apparent awkwardness and insecurity is a completely normal part of our psycho-social development.  In high-school, when students drink habitually on weekends when their hanging out with their friends what they are doing is using substances as a way to numb these awkward and insecure feelings and when we habitually do this we are ceasing the development of our own natural personality.  When we have to interact with people and we cannot use substances, we are forced to socialize, we learn how to tell jokes, we learn how to ask people questions, we learn how to express our feelings, we learn how to talk to the opposite sex, and we learn how to share stories and interact with people being SOBER.

When someone has been a habitual drinker for most of their adult life and they decide that they want to stop drinking for a time, they may naturally feel like their back in high-school again emotionally and they may feel awkward, boring, no fun, uninteresting, and insecure when their socializing.  When these feelings reach a peak, its these feelings that will drive them to drink again because they want to feel the “confidence” that the substance provided them.  However, what they don’t realize is that when they allow themselves to actually feel these insecure feelings and  push into these feelings and attempt to socialize anyways their REAL social skills and their REAL personality will start to develop again over time and they will become confident in who they are and in their ability to have fun and socialize without needing to drink.   However, it’s fair to say that when they first stop drinking, their confidence will get a lot “worse” before it gets “better” because they may not know how to have fun and socialize being sober.

I was just working with a high-school client and he was talking about how all of his friends drink and they don’t know how to socialize unless their drinking and I recommended to him that he and all of his friends should stop using for 3 months and just hang out with each other and learn how to have FUN being sober and let it be awkward and weird and through that experience they will actually learn how to socialize and have FUN and be confident without needing alcohol.  He said he would be willing to start with a week.   I told him fair enough, we’ll just take it a week at a time 😉

If you cannot loosen up and have fun without having a drink, The BEST thing that you can do to further develop your personality is to take a 6 month fast from substances and purposefully put yourself in a lot of social settings and teach yourself how to socialize being sober.  If you would like to hire me as well as your therapist, I can help you as well by teaching you strategies and coping skills to effectively deal with the hard emotions and insecurities that sobriety will bring up.  If you do this and you find that you are awkward and anxious in social settings, welcome these feelings as these feelings are EXCELLENT indicators that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing.  After these 6 months, if you keep challenging yourself, you will find that you will be able to be your normal and FUN self again without the need to use substances to get you there.

Namaste 🙂

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

 

 

 

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Codependency and Healthy Dependency? What is the difference?

Hello Readers!

Welcome back for your weekly WOW (Words of Wisdom) from Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC.   Today I am going to talk about Mal-adaptive Codependency and how one can start the process of healing themselves from Mal-adaptive Codependency.  Most often, not always, Codependency develops when someone has an underdeveloped sense of self. An under developed self is when someone does not fully develop their personality, likes, dislikes, interests, career aspirations, hobbies, morals, passions, etc.  This person may have fallen in love and gotten married early on in life, (late teens, early twenties) and hence stopped growing individually.  Please note, when we are talking about dependency in a relationship there is a whole spectrum.  In a good relationship, there are strong levels of dependency present in both parties, however this healthy inter-dependency is very different than codependency.

In order to heal from Codependency, one need to become aware of what codependency is and start taking proactive steps to heal yourself from codependency.  In a nut shell, people with codependency may have problems with boundaries, resist bringing up any conflict, will not say no even when they need to, struggle with people pleasing, and feel like they have lost their self in the relationship.   Healing from Codependency starts with educating yourself on what codependency is and learning everything you can about codependency. If codependency is caused from an under developed self, you can heal yourself from your codependency by learning how to further develop yourself as an individual person; emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

You can do this by starting to ask for what you need, becoming more assertive, pursuing your individual interests such as maybe taking classes, going back to school, pursuing a hobby, pursuing a new friendship, sharing with loved ones about your codependency struggles, and learning how to feel and express your real feelings and needs.  Most Codependents do not know what their feeling and what their emotional needs are on any given day, they are just in auto pilot care taking mode.

Naturally, when someone is codependent in a relationship and starts healing their codependency their relationship may temporarily get worse before it gets better because their partner is not used to having a partner that also expects their needs to get met in the relationship, take heart, this is actually a sign of healing in the relationship.  Most therapists’ and counselors alike know that in relationships, codependents and narcissists are drawn to each other and make a psychological match made in heaven, meaning, the Codependent loves to give and the Narcissist loves to take. If this dynamic is true in your relationship, in order for optimal healing to occur, the codependent needs to take it upon themselves to heal themselves of their codependency and the narcissist needs to take it upon them self to heal themselves of their narcissism.

In a healthy marriage, we help our partner to evolve and grow as a human being and we empower them to become the BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES.  Sometimes I will hear people say, “Well my husband is a narcissist and if I am a good wife aren’t I just supposed to accept him unconditionally for who he is?” No, you are not, loving unconditionally is not to be mistaken for enabling unconditionally, these are actually polar opposites.  Next blog I will be talking about substance abuse and sharing some thoughts about recovery so stay tuned!

Namaste 🙂

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

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DANCE THERAPY…”JUST SHUT UP AND DANCE” ;)

Have you ever heard of that song?  It’s one of  my favorite dancing songs!   So readers what did you think of that song list in my last blog?  I love talking to nobody and somebody all at the same time, its deliriously funny!  Ohh boy, I am LAUGHING OUT-LOUD AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW. 🙂  I just got out of session with the most amazing couple.   I LOVE working with couples, they invigorate me and challenge me in every way and I love it.  I am going to blog about dance for this blog because I would like to share another song playlist with you.

In the fall I started a free dance class every other Saturday for women only.  In this class I combine different elements of exercise such as dance, yoga, stretching, and conditioning and then I end the class with an affirmations exercise.  For me, my favorite form of exercise is DANCE.   I loooove Dance and often times I feel like I missed my second calling to be a professional dancer, I mean an amateur dancer.  (doh, so that’s probably why I didn’t pursue it, I would have made no money…go figure;)

As human beings, we all take ourselves waaaaay too seriously and this is true as well when it comes to dancing.  People get so caught up in whether or not they “can” dance and this creates anxiety where people do not want to dance.  Dancing can be extremely therapeutic and it has been shown scientifically to promote psychological and physical healing as well.  Dancing has the the ability to get people to come out of their shell and express their personality in a unique and different way.  I am going to give you a challenge; try dancing for 30 minutes a day 4x each week for one month and evaluate for yourself what difference dancing can make in your own life.  In my own family, we have dancing time almost every day and its fantastic, my kids love to dance too!  Also, you may want to try dancing to your own reflection as well as this can add a really fun dynamic to dancing.   If you are not the “dancing type” you will probably feel really awkward and clumsy footed initially.  However, please know that this feeling is only temporary and it will go away the more you dance.

Cheers to DANCING and with that being said I am going to go “Shut up and Dance” as the song says.  FYI,  In this playlist the first four songs are designed for more light stretching, yoga, and conditioning and then the dancing songs start at # 4.  Disclaimer:  All of these songs were picked because of their high energy impact, that does not meant that I endorse the message in each song.

Namaste 🙂

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

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Can Music Heal Depression?

As I talked about in my last blog, Depression is caused by 5 things; pervasive negative self-talk, unhealthy relationships, loneliness, laziness, and poor diet.  I can imagine that for some people they came away from reading that wondering; what does she mean by diet and laziness, that sounds a little crass.  Let me explain further; all science and research supports the belief that we are what we eat and what we do.  When we eat a diet rich in carbohydrates, chemicals, processed foods, and refined sugars it has a dramatic impact on our mood and general well-being.  If someone is suffering from Major Depression, before they seek out help from a Therapist they should perhaps first rule out if the Depression is caused by their diet because sometimes Depression can be healed solely through dietary changes.

Some people think that if their not naturals in the kitchen than they have to stick to a processed food diet, this is not true and I am living proof of it.  I am horrible in the kitchen, just ask my kids 😉 However I always eat (nine times out of ten, you have to make room for cheese curds and pizza once in a while;) whole foods and eating whole foods does not imply that you have to be a “good chef” in the kitchen.  Some of my favorite meals consist of oatmeal, eggs prepared in many ways, sandwiches, banana muffins (with no flour), vegetables, fruits, smoothies, and Cheerios which believe it or not are gluten free and have no chemicals.  You can make small changes to your diet that can lead to amazing changes in your mood, feelings, and thoughts. When you commit to eating whole foods, I promise you your mind and your mood will thank you for it.

The reason why I said laziness is a cause of depression as well is because it is, unfortunately.  It’s fair to say that for some people they are depressed because they’re too prideful and/or lazy to make the necessary changes in their life to heal themselves.   When I say this, I am not just pointing the fingers, there have been a few times in my own life where I was feeling depressed and I knew that I was feeling depressed because of laziness, once I called myself out on it, and start working hard again, the Depression took care of itself.  It is amazing how much of a difference hard work can make when it comes to conquering Depression.  I think God created it that way, we are all created to work and we all need to work.  (By the way, I’m not saying that stay at home mothers are not workers, we all have a lot to learn from many stay at home moms in terms of their hard work and work ethic.)

Now, let’s transition and talk more about how music impacts our mood and well-being.  In my own life I loooove music, all types of music and I would honestly be lost in this world if it wasn’t for my love of music.  As I said in my last blog, Depression can be caused by negative self-talk.  Every day we have this voice in our head that talks to us, empowers us, inspires us, or abuses us.  If the voice in our head is abusing us and talking down to us, we will naturally feel depressed, insecure, and worthless.  In addition to starting to change your self-talk and the messages that you give to yourself about who you are, another way that you can start to incorporate more positive messages into your identity and self-esteem is by being intentional with the music you are listening to and learning to listen to empowering music and emotionally healthy music.

What do I mean by choosing music that is emotionally healthy?  It is imperative that we are selective about the types of music that we listen to and we need to ask ourselves if the music we are  listening to is emotionally healthy. This is not to say I want you to start psychoanalyzing all the music you are listening to and stop listening to music that isn’t “positive” and “uplifting”, that would be a little overboard and if I only listened to really “positive and affirming” music it would drive me a little nuts.  However what I am saying is that we need to start becoming mindful of the types of music we are listening to and ask ourselves the question; how does the message in this song impact my mood?   This simple question can start the process of developing awareness of how music can be used as an instrument of healing in our life.

Let’s say you have a 45-minute commute to work every day, that’s 1.5 hours of driving time every single day and that equals to 7-8 hours every week that you are in your car.  What if you made the simple practice of creating a playlist of music that completely inspires you and played that while you were driving to and from work every day?  If you did this, you would quickly realize the healing power of Music.  When you pick your songs, take some time to do this, and like I said earlier be very selective.  When you are picking songs evaluate each song on a 1-10 scale in terms of the level of inspiration that it gives you and only pick songs that are at a 9 or 10.

So without any other further ado, let me leave you with a playlist to add to your musical repertoire.  This playlist I created with my daughter and it is designed for girls and teenagers who are in the throes of growing up and adolescence and everything else that comes with this season of life.   However, I think anyone will love this playlist for the upbeat nature and positive messages that are present within each song.   What are your favorite songs to listen to when you are down?  What are your thoughts on whether or not music can help heal Depression?

Namaste!

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

 

 

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Depression Counseling Denver

Last blog I talked a little bit about self esteem and gave you an exercise to try.  In this blog I will expand a little more on that concept and introduce a new concept I created called; Emotional Nutrition. 

What makes you feel depressed?  Believe it or not, Depression is not caused by genetics or bad genes, rather Depression is caused by five things; unhealthy relationships, pervasive negative self-talk, diet, laziness, and loneliness.    What do I mean by pervasive negative self-talk?  Every day we are talking to ourselves, evaluating ourselves, bringing ourselves down or building ourselves up.  For some people these five things are in a healthy balance, for other people they are constantly bringing themselves down, berating themselves, and seeing themselves through a faulty lens that is not accurate to who they really are.  How do we start to change our self-talk?  The first thing that we can do to start to change our self talk is by giving ourselves Emotional Nutrition every day.  What is Emotional Nutrition?

Emotional Nutrition is the belief that we NEED to be feeding our minds with emotional nutrients for good emotional health just as much as we need to be feeding our bodies with real foods for good physical nutrition. Often times we don’t want to say mantras or affirmations to ourselves because they do not feel genuine or sincere simply because we do not believe the mantra to be true.  When you understand Emotional Nutrition you start to realize that your soul and psyche needs Emotional Nutrition weather you “believe” it to be true or not and part of giving your brain and psyche good Emotional Nutrition is validating for your psyche that your psyche does not believe these mantras at all about yourself yet, but it will. Last blog I told you to look in a mirror and say to your self, “I love you, I really love you.”  This was an exercise from Louise Hays book, Healing Your Life.   For this blog I am going to add 5 more statements to add a little extra Emotional Nutrition to your diet.  In addition to the above statement, I also want you to say to yourself;

  1. I am accepted and I am loved.
  2. I am learning to LOVE my whole being; my gifts, my strengths, my insecurities and my inadequacies.
  3. I am becoming the BEST VERSION OF MYSELF more and more everyday.
  4. I can say I am sorry and I can share when my feelings are hurt.
  5. I am unstoppable.
  6. Disclaimer if you do not believe these about yourself, the 6th phrase needs to be; “Right now I do NOT believe these to be true about myself at all, help me with my unbelief.”

When you hear these phrases you may think to yourself, “But Kelly, I am not accepted and I am not loved, no one loves me!” However, when I say these phrases I am not referring to anyone loving you, I am simply teaching you how to love yourself.   Commit to saying these phrases out loud 3x every day for 30 days with passion and commitment like you BELIEVE THEM TO BE TRUE and pause in-between each word as you are saying it.  After 30 days, when your lack of beliefs start to shift towards believing, then say the phrases out-loud in front of a mirror looking into your pupils and repeat for 30 more days.   🙂

Warm Regards,

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

p.s- Next blog I will be talking about healing through music and I will be sharing a fabulous Spotify playlist, so come back soon to learn more!

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Self Esteem Counseling Denver

Nuggets of Wisdom

January Newsletter

Hello Everybody!

I am going to start putting my newsletters on my blog as well, so this is the newsletter from January.  Now, before I give you some exciting counseling news, let me give you some good ol’ Nuggets of Wisdom to ponder.   It’s fair to say that most of us struggle with genuine self-acceptance and self-love.  What is self-acceptance? I would define self-acceptance and self-love as three things; # 1. Being comfortable in your own skin, # 2.  Knowing your real potential and your real worth, and # 3. Embracing your perceived inadequacies and flaws.

Here is a practical exercise to get you moving forward in your own self-acceptance journey.  I learned this from Louise Hay’s best-selling book, You Can Heal Yourself.  Every day when you see yourself in the mirror, say out-loud, “I love you, I really love you” and look into your pupils while you are saying it. Then say it again to yourself, looking into your pupils again while you are saying it and say it slowly pausing after each word, and then say it to yourself for a third and last time.  Commit to doing this for 30 days, when you first start doing this it may feel very insincere and fake, but what you will find is that after 30 days, a big part of you that initially didn’t believe what you were saying, now does.  If you would like to explore this area more in your life, please feel free to contact me regarding self esteem counseling and let’s see how I can help you.

Now for some more counseling news, as you all know I have been on sabbatical the last several months and have not been taking on new clients.  This time has been invaluable and has provided me with a new vision and direction for where I see the future going with the Center for Healing and Change.  I am wanting to offer many more resources, groups, and workshops free of charge to the community and I am also wanting to establish a more liberal sliding scale whereby I can serve the lower class and under-served population more readily.

To accomplish this I have officially set up a sliding scale arrangement that I believe is ethical and fair for all individuals, please visit my home page to learn more.  In terms of classes, I am still offering free women only dance/aerobics/yoga/stretching classes every other Saturday at 10:00.   I am also starting an anger management group on Thursdays at 6:30.   I will also be adding more free classes and workshops on a wide variety of topics periodically so please give me some ideas on what types of workshops would be beneficial to you and be sure to keep reading my newsletters to learn more about these new opportunities.

Namaste!

Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC

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