Celebrating 2 Year Anniversary

Today marks 2 years since my private practice opened.  I’ve taken time over the last month to reflect on this powerful journey.  It has been such an honor and privilege to work with so many individuals and families who have walked in the door and opened their hearts and minds.  Tough questions have been asked, painful circumstances have been shared, accomplishments celebrated, and I’ve watched as my clients have courageously challenged themselves to keep growing and healing.  I feel very fortunate and deep gratitude for everyone I have had the opportunity to work with.

I would also like to acknowledge some of those people who have made this endeavor possible.  Thank you Michelle Brown, LPC for sharing your office space and creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment; I so appreciate your assistance and support.  Thank you to my supervisors at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Riverbend for listening, guiding, and supporting me as I continue to works towards my LCSW; this also includes my stellar colleagues there!  There are so many individuals who have cheered me on including numerous friends and family both near and far.  A special thank you to my professors and classmates at the University of Southern California as well as Chatham University.  Last but not least I thank Jeremy for supporting my dreams with unquestionable belief that I can accomplish what I set out to do.

My Very Best,

Jasmine

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  ~Melody Beattie

Inspiring Hope- Aracely Navarro

photo credit to kdvr.com

photo credit to kdvr.com

The first of her siblings to attend high school and college, Aracely has lived through a turbulent family history, her mother’s breast cancer, poverty, and a suspension from school after a disciplinary issue. As a valedictorian at a Denver High School, Aracely has earned a full ride to college. In her speech, she talks about her mother’s difficult decision to have her at the young age of 18, of learning of her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis and living past the 5 year prognosis, and then making poor decisions in school that resulted in a suspension. This past June she gave thanks to the many mentors who guided her since this suspension and helped her see her potential so that she can walk through those college doors. Watch her speech now.

August Update

My summer travels included visiting the Yaquina  Bay Lighthouse

My summer travels included visiting the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

Summer is coming to a close, school preparation is starting and fall is just around the corner. I have been busy this month with several new YouTube videos covering PTSD, Epilepsy, creating boundaries, recovering after surgery, body image, and grief and loss. Four of these topics were suggested by Ignite’s Facebook contacts, I welcome other topic suggestions as well! I am accepting new clients right now so please feel free to send my information along to friends or family if you feel they would benefit from counseling or life coaching. Clients include adolescents, adults, couples, and families who might be experiencing depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and confidence issues, divorce, job loss, or help with reaching certain life goals.

I hope you have had a safe and happy summer and look forward to providing you with more content in the months to come!

Take Care,
Jasmine

July Update

We have lots of news this month as I try out some new things that I hope benefit my clients, future clients, and others looking for support.

I’ve  just started a YouTube channel! After success with some of my Skype clients, I realized the potential for reaching many more people with short videos on wellness topics. My first video covers job loss, where I address how it can affect people, how people often cope with it, as well as some tips that I have found to be helpful in order to help people cope with this transition.  The second video covers self-esteem and self-doubt, a blog topic I covered in November; however, in this video I’ve added some new content I hope you’ll find helpful.  Please consider subscribing, commenting, or providing feedback (ie. topics you’d like covered) regarding any of these videos.

doterra oils logo_fullThis month I held an open house at my office July 20th to show folks my office as well as introduce doTERRA essential oils.  As a wellness advocate for doTERRA folks can purchase through me. Essential oils have been used throughout history for multiple purposes. Egyptians used aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and in religious ceremony. Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, and Romans used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Modern use of essential oils has continued to grow as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oil. Let me know if you have further questions about doTERRA essential oils, or if you would be interested in sampling any in particular.

For this month, I first cover assertiveness — using the example of someone you find difficult to work with and how you might approach this rather than holding it in.

Looking forward to sharing more with you!  Hope your summer is going well.

My Best,

Jasmine

Assertiveness: When to address distress?

Perhaps you know someone at work who continues to behave in a way that is causing distress. Maybe they talk very loudly when on the phone and you share an office space with them, or possibly they critique your work in a tone that is condescending.  You might feel like you have given the person the benefit of the doubt, but it seems that this behavior is getting more and more troublesome for you.  When do you decide to address this?  Will talking to this person only make things more awkward and uncomfortable?  Is there something you are doing that is contributing to this co-worker’s behavior?

My first recommendation is to take time to think this out and bounce it off someone you trust.  Dealing with sticky situations in the heat of the moment can make them even more sticky.

Photo by topgold.  Attribution license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

Photo by topgold. Attribution license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

Practice how you might approach this conversation.  Find a way to create a private space to talk to this person.  Start the conversation with an appreciation, such as “I really appreciate how much you help me.”  When addressing the issue, provide example of what occurred and how it made you feel.  Then allow the person to take in what you say.  They may need to clarify some things and ask some questions.  Finally, see if you both can find a way to try to resolve what hasn’t been working.  If you don’t have time for that or need more time to consider what might work, make an agreement to check in again to see what either of you might come up with.  Finally, agree to some time frame for seeing if new solution/plan is working for both of you.  This will allow you time to tweak things in the future if needed, and it also keeps the conversation going.

Sleep Hygiene

Millions of working adults (nearly 1/3 of our population) in the U.S. are getting 6 or less hours of sleep according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Society accepts a caffeine-fueled, overworked, and technology-obsessed culture.  A history of sleeping problems can have dangerous and fatal effects on your overall health and wellness. I came across a recent article that discussed 7 long term ill effects of sleep deprivation:

  1. Junk food cravings
  2. Skin issues
  3. Memory loss
  4. Sex drive
  5. Heart disease
  6. Brain damage
  7. Death

This past winter I read a New York Times article that addressed sleep, challenging readers to look at their history of sleep patterns.  The author, David K. Randall, explains it is relatively recent that the norm has been to sleep eight hours straight. He cites research done by A. Roger Ekirch, a history professor at Virginia Tech, who had been studying the history of night time when he began to notice references to a sleep cycles which included a first and second sleep, each one lasting four hours.

Photo by Muffet.  Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

Photo by Muffet. Attribution License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

Medical professionals who promote sleep aid products and call for more sleep may unintentionally reinforce the idea that there is something wrong about interrupted sleep cycles. A common result of this is something called “sleep anxiety.”  This is the idea that we should be getting a good night’s sleep but feel we are doing something wrong if we don’t sleep through the night. These worries can result in medicated sleep, which reinforces a cycle that the Harvard psychologist Daniel M. Wegner has called “the ironic processes of mental control.”

Sleep hygiene is something I think is very important.  Promoting healthy sleep includes looking at a person’s bed time routine, tracking sleep patterns, sleep comfort, and how one feels when waking up in the morning.  A list of questions that one can consider are:

  1. Do you sleep better cold or hot?
  2. Is white noise helpful or hurtful?
  3. Do you sleep in a room with a lot of electronics?
  4. Do you have a bed time routine?
  5. Do you try to go to bed at the same time every night?
  6. Do you keep a sleep journal?
  7. Are there other issues that keep you from sleeping?

I would love to talk to you more about your sleep hygiene.  Feel free to contact me for more tips on sleep hygiene!