Person vs. Professional

I was one of probably three non-therapists this past month in Vancouver, British Columbia at an international Narrative Therapy conference. One of the founders talked about a moment in conversation where the person was taken aback at his authenticity and humanness. In response and to share where he was coming from, he said: “I’m trying to be a person. Not a person impersonating as…

Like Yoga

This past quarter, I took a “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” class at Seattle University. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and one I will continue to hold and unpack in the months and years to come. As a part of the experience, we participated in a three day retreat. Many of…

Turn of a Phrase

For 15+ years, lined paper and spiraled notebooks have brimmed with my handwritten notes accompanied with this encircled letter “V.” Next to the “V,” which represents “vocabulary” to me, are verbatim phrases or standalone words that individuals share in meetings, classes, events, or appear in multimedia works or presentations. As far back as I can remember, language…