‘Therapy Bytes’ Fall 2014 Ezine


99“I hate transitions,” mumbled my client Sally, who had originally come in because she wanted change-lots of change. Work, relationships-none of it was working for her. Now she was whole-heartedly resisting the very change she had so enthusiastically sought!

This is not that unusual for me to see in my office. People usually come to therapy because they want change, but then they resist the very change they are seeking! Why is this? I don’t know if there is a right answer, but perhaps most humans just don’t like change. Maybe when it really
comes down to it, we are most comfortable with things as they are; even if they are a bit dysfunctional, at least they’re familiar.

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So all therapists know that our profession comes with one major pitfall- too much sitting! Hence my quest to find a good physical therapist. My search led me to Michael Westgate.Here’s what he has to say about how good nutrition can reduce muscle pain:

Good nutrition reduces muscle pain

103It is common to think of the importance of good nutrition for our immune system and
digestive health, but how often do you think to yourself, “I shouldn’t have this brownie
because that muscle pain is going to flare up again”? One of my patients who suffers
from a repetitive stress injury said to me, “I always wanted to eat well so my body
would feel stronger, but I never made a connection between forearm inflammation
and my food!”

The nutrients we hear about in dark leafy greens and fruits are also friends to
muscles that are working to repair themselves. People with constant pain are often
deficient in the complex B-vitamins found in green vegetables.

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For more about Michael Westgate here’s his website…

Whats Happening in the Stars?!

25This is from a favorite astrologer of mine called Lance check out his website here:
Green lights come on in a big way on Sept
10 for the rest of the month as Jupiter begins
to line up in a trine to Uranus, exact on Sept
25. Imagine the clock face. Jupiter is at 12 and Uranus is at 4 o’clock on this date.
The angle between them is 120 degrees and that’s what astrologers call a trine.
Both planets are in fire signs and thus they agree with each other and help each other function.
Here on Earth, this trine signals a time to make changes in your life and to deal with cars, computers and hi tech anything electrical, and to gamble on yourself.
Yes, yes, yes. Get involved and take
action from the 10th on.
Uranus rules your genius, the truth, your friends and groups with humanitarian cause. Jupiter is helpful in all areas as he inspires positive reactions and situations with others. This trine powers up a couple of weeks prior to exact encouraging you to put your original ideas out on the table and to get in touch with the people who support you and can help you in September.

Mercury Retrograde- October 4-25th

Mercury will Retrograde next month suggesting a late Indian Summer weather pattern. You’d better call ahead if you are travelling to see Fall colors this year- it’s not likely to be the usual timing of events.

For more on how these transits might be effecting you in particular
call Ondina for an astrology reading (415) 381-1065

Proud to Introduce My New Intern ~ Sarah Cox

102Sarah C. Cox, MA is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who’s work with adults, couples and children focuses on depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship issues. Sarah’s clients come from diverse backgrounds and experiences in terms of cultural, racial, sexual and gender identity.
Sarah tailors her clinical approach to the individual needs of each client, often drawing from Attachment Theory (understanding how we relate and connect to others), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a somatically informed approach to healing trauma), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (a highly effective couples therapy model) and related neuroscience research. Sarah works with clients to cultivate the strength, agency and insight that support their ability to effectively meet challenges and move through difficult transitions. Sarah’s style is warm, direct and highly attuned to the interrelation between the mind, emotions and body.

In addition to seeing clients in her San Francisco private practice under the supervision of Nandine Hatvany, MFT, and volunteering counseling services at a local grade school, Sarah is the clinic manager of Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center.

Sarah offers affordable sliding-scale therapy and is currently accepting new clients.

Contact Sarah at 415-255-2644 or email: cox.sarahc@gmail.com

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