Anger Management

Anger does not have to be one letter short of danger. Anger can be a valuable source of information that lets us know that our integrity has been challenged. Yet this message can be lost if anger is swallowed or expressed through explosions. Rather than continue destructive patterns, the benefits of anger are shown, the specific pattern of escalation is identified, tools are given for how to interrupt the process before it feels out of control, and choices are highlighted. Eight sessions; each an hour and a half long. I recommend taking assertiveness training following this class.

Assertiveness Training (Top)

There are ways to relate that demonstrate respect for oneself and others, maximizing the potential for cooperation. This intensive helps participants distinguish forms of communication and their effects, practice non-verbal approaches that exude self-confidence, and integrate an easy formula that can be used to assertively respond to others. Choice of format: three-session seminar that lasts two hour each, or an eight week, ninety minute group.

Five Love Languages (Top)

Gary Chapman proposes that love is really expressed as a language. We become well versed in our own native tongue, but we often don’t realize that there are other languages available. This upbeat approach moves focus away from problems and instead suggests ways to begin creating meaningful, positive interactions. Six hour series.

The Joys of Conflict (Top)

Conflicts take place all the time, whether with others or within ourselves. Despite so many opportunities to practice, we tend to respond like a reflex, using strategies based on fear, confusion, mistrust, or survival. Exploring conflict more closely, participants learn how to approach these times with courage, know-how, and even enthusiasm. Five sessions; one-hour each.

All Stressed Out and No One to Choke (Top)

Rather than working in survival mode and inching ever closer to critical mass, the five hour class increases awareness of red flags, and clarifies empowering potential. Because stress affects all aspects of life, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual strategies are offered. Five sessions; one hour each.

The Quest for Healthy Self-Esteem (Top)

We are all fallible human beings, yet many feel that imperfections make us unworthy and unlovable. These self-views develop barriers that prevent compassion and self-acceptance. To create new possibilities, we explore the early environments which shaped our beliefs, learn to claim our emotional vitality, develop ways to relate to ourselves with radical acceptance, and create healthy habitats. Six sessions; forty-five minutes each.

Walk a Mile In Smaller Shoes (Top)

Most of us make decisions based on our own point of view. In this six hour series, we consider the vantage point of a child. With the help of historical views, we learn how to engage with children in ways that build mutual respect and self-esteem. We also spend time looking at the teachings children offer us as well. The class is currently from a Christian perspective; however, it can be altered for secular purposes.

Creating Sacred Spaces (Top)

This experience offers individuals an opportunity to contain the pressures of the outside world, leaving room to nurture the spirit and relax the body. Deep breathing, visualization, body scanning, and sensate activation promote awareness of baseline stress. Participants will leave with a first hand experience of relaxation and handouts specifying further alternatives. The contemplative use of mantras and spirituality can be included so this practice of self care can become a form of prayer and communion with the divine. One hour.

A Blue Christmas: Grief and the Holidays (Top)

Holidays can be painful reminders of the hole that is left after a loved one has died. The seminar shares tools for approaching this journey. Topics include reviewing the requirements for healthy grief, steps that can be taken to provide support and structure, and forms of ritual that can integrate the deceased into the present. One hour.

Good Grief: The Healing Process (Top)

The death of a loved one is often an experience that Grief is a personal, taxing experience that can often leave people disoriented and overwhelmed. The seminar clarifies the grieving process and dispels myths that often lead to isolation and fear. One hour.

Conquering Emotional Eating (Top)

Food is often depicted as an enemy, but often it serves us in ways other than sustenance.   Participants gain the ability to choose healthier alternatives to meeting their needs rather than using eating as a compromising self-soothing behavior.   Factors covered include empowerment, addiction, emotional stuffing, self-soothing behaviors, and food-related grief.  6 hour series.

Hero Sandwiches- Caring for Aging Parents (Top)

There is a common belief that once an elderly parent’s care needs are too great, they will go to a facility. The reality is that the majority of care still rests on the shoulders of family members. This class provides some guidelines to help you along the way so you can retain a positive relationship and not become overly depleted in the process. You will learn general factors involved with aging, developmental issues (and potential conflicts), communication techniques most effective for this populations, and caring for the caregiver. 6 hour series.

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