The Awkward Silence

I see individuals who experience anxiety and disconnection. Many times there are these long awkward silences. I think many clients wonder what that’s about. It’s something that, as therapists, we spend a considerable amount of time practicing being able to do in our training. The novice wants to jump in, fill the space, make things not so awkward. The fact is this is unrealistic in life. We have pauses in our momentum, in relationships, in families, that feel unbearable for one reason or another. And here you come to therapy to understand your family, your relationships, your momentum. But what if all the pause needed was to be tolerated, to have faith that it was not a permanent condition. What if the breath could bring your divine, your truth, your intuition into a more tangible experience?

The role of spirituality and addiction

The role of spirituality is essential to healing addiction.  The twelve-step program was originally proposed by Alcohol Anonymous to help people recover from alcoholism.  Wikipedia states that this program “Is a set of guiding principles (accepted by members as ‘spiritual principles,’ based on the approved literature) outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction,…