Written by: Vicky Truong-Mirhossein, MA, AMFT
In mentality, master “depth”.Tao te ching
In associations, master “humanity”.
In discourse, master “accuracy”.
In dealings, master “possibility”.
In activity, master “timing”.
With the holiday season approaching, many of us may be experiencing an array of emotions anticipating what’s to come. This season may bring excitement as families gather for the first time since the pandemic. Others may be reacquainted with the angst that comes with holiday shopping, coordinating, and planning. For many of us, immense grief may be a foreign presence as we approach the end of the year without loved ones that we’ve lost to this pandemic. For most, the “business as usual” nature of modern living may leave little room for us to connect with our emotional experience while we’re carrying out our social roles with all its obligations and expectations.
Therapy can aid with strengthening and building the architecture of our inner worlds as this season is before us. A space that allows for emotional and intellectual exploration can help us withstand against succumbing to the agendas that dis-ease and despondency may have for us during the holidays.
I offer in-person therapy as well as teletherapy. You can expect a warm, calm, and respectful approach with someone who is keen to identifying your strengths and character, while simultaneously standing as your ally against life’s challenges.
For painful experiences and trauma that have stubbornly ingrained themselves into memories and have disrupted your ability to experience more positive inner experiences of Self, I also offer a technique called EMDR. The outcome of this approach contributes to the empowerment, the ability to be less reactive, and the capability to be more deliberate in your connection with loved ones that you already possess.
While life is always shifting and demanding us to sway between effort and surrender, the gift to navigate it in a more conscious way is usually preferred as opposed to allowing outside influences to continuously dictate the way we experience it.