Art Therapy for “Heroes at Home”

Kelly Burns, PMHC, ATR was honored to be asked by The Independence Fund to help develop and incorporate art therapy into their new “Heroes at Home” Family Program which was held at Disney this year. The Independence Fund provides resources to severely wounded veterans, their caregivers and families. Art therapy has recently been recognized as an affective therapeutic approach with veterans and The Independence Fund will be incorporating that into their services. For veterans, art therapy is a nonthreatening alternative to compose in images what is inexpressible to them with words. It is a way in and often the first step to organize ...

We have an Art Therapist!

We have an Art Therapist!! Please welcome Kelly Burns to The Brave Ones team! Quite fitting as one of the guidposts we will be focusing on soon is Cultivating Creativity! Kelly, we are so happy to have you! Kelly is a trauma-informed psychotherapist who helps children, adults and families to find ways to use the arts to enhance resilience, self-regulate, form healthy attachments and express what they haven’t been able to in verbal therapy. She uses art therapy to effectively support her client’s personal and relational treatment goals, such as improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, promote insight, ...

Guidepost #6 – Wholehearted Living

“I’ve come to realize that faith and reason are not natural enemies. It’s our human need for certainty and our need to “be right” that have pitted faith and reason against each other in an almost reckless way. We force ourselves to choose and defend one way of knowing the world at the expense of the other” – Dr. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection. If we wish to engage in our lives and in our relationships from a place of Wholeheartedness, then it is critical that we learn to tolerate the feelings of vulnerability that get triggered when we ...

Guidepost #5 – Wholehearted Living

“I’ve come to realize that faith and reason are not natural enemies. It’s our human need for certainty and our need to “be right” that have pitted faith and reason against each other in an almost reckless way. We force ourselves to choose and defend one way of knowing the world at the expense of the other” – Dr. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection. If we wish to engage in our lives and in our relationships from a place of Wholeheartedness, then it is critical that we learn to tolerate the feelings of vulnerability that get triggered when we ...

Guidepost #4 – Wholehearted Living

“Most of us have experienced being on the edge of joy only to be overcome by vulnerability and thrown into fear. Until we can tolerate vulnerability and transform it into gratitude, intense feelings of love will often bring up the fear of loss. If I had to sum up what I’ve learned about fear and joy, this is what I would say: The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows” – from The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown. How often is “not enough” or “never ...

Welcome, Cierra!

Taking a quick break from The Guideposts this morning to introduce you to our newest team member! Cierra Collum has rececently joined our practice as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern! Here’s a little bit about Cierra: Cierra’s passion for treatment is centered around reconciliation and hope for change. Whether that reconciliation is in your marriage, as a family, or within yourself, she helps her clients find the tools to thrive. She operates from a systemic lens, understanding that many factors contribute to our current internal struggles. Cierra works with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, feeling “stuck,” intimacy issues, coping ...

Guidepost #3 – Wholehearted Living

Today’s guidepost is powerful and one that a simple Facebook post can in no way do justice. For the purpose of today’s post, I’m going to summarize two main concepts behind this guidepost: Numbing, and Spirituality (from The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown). First, Numbing. Here are three key points about numbing that emerged from Brené’s research: 1. Most of us engage in behaviors (consciously or not) that help us to numb and take the edge off vulnerability, pain, and discomfort. [This can look like a glass of wine (or two or three) after a day of getting knocked ...

Guidepost #2 – Wholehearted Living

“When I interviewed women and men who were engaging with the world from a place of authenticity and worthiness, I realized that they had a lot in common regarding perfectionism. First, they spoke about their imperfections in a tender and honest way, and without shame and fear. Second, they were slow to judge themselves and others. They appeared to operate from a place of “We’re all doing the best we can.” Their courage, compassion, and connection seemed rooted in the way they… treated themselves” – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection Perfectionism is a beast. And it’s one that we ...

Guidepost #1 – Wholehearted Living

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are” – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection Like many things, it can be tempting to view authenticity as an either/or characteristic – we are either authentic or we are not. We either let what other people think of us dictate our behavior or we don’t. And like many things, the truth is much more nuanced. The vast majority of us fall somewhere in the middle – and it ca…n vary from one situation to the next. When we view ...

Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead hits the shelves (and the Kindles) on October 9! I am so grateful and proud to be a part of the team of certified facilitators bringing this very worthwhile work to individuals, families, leaders, and organizations around the globe. Dare to Lead builds on the research covered in Daring Greatly and Rising Strong and applies it directly to the world of work and leadership. Which only makes sense, right? Because who we are is how we lead AND how we show up in our daily lives. In honor of this latest release, over the next week I ...