Katie Steele, MA, LMFT #96656

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Book Review- Rising Strong, Dr. Brene Brown

I recently finished reading Dr. Brene Brown’s newest book; Rising Strong. I found this book to be insightful and useful both personally and professionally. Dr. Brown discusses what it takes to process through and practice the courageous act of vulnerability. She challenges each reader to explore their own story and how they acknowledge it or deny it. I appreciate Dr. Brown’s candidness with her own story and struggle. She displays authenticity and models true vulnerability by exposing her own struggles and triumphs.

In this book, Dr. Brown takes the reader through a 3-step journey of practicing authentic vulnerability and acknowledgement of the truth of their own story. She breaks it down into “The Reckoning”, “The Rumble”, and “The Revolution”. These steps acknowledge the falling we all do, the struggle to regain ourselves, and the courage it takes to get back up.

“When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again”—my gut reaction is, “What a badass.”
Brené Brown, Rising Strong


Coping Skills

In therapy there is often discussion and exploration of enhancing healthy coping skills in the client’s life. My work with clients often entails building a metaphorical “tool box” filled with healthy coping mechanisms. We all carry around tools for coping with life– these tools can be detrimental to fulfillment, healing, or positive self growth.These are the negative coping mechanisms that can come as second nature. In order to achieve growth and health, the negative tools need to be replaced with healthy and active coping mechanisms. What active coping tool are you going to integrate into your life?

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The way we talk to ourselves

 The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.  -William James
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.-Zig Ziglar

I often browse pinterest for therapy charts, resources, and interventions. It has a plethora of mental health information available. I recently came across this pin about stopping negative self-talk. It provides a 3-step simple intervention for curtailing the negative messages we tell ourselves. The power of self-talk is often underestimated. I believe that practicing positive self-talk is a simple change one can make that has impactful results. Awareness of our the way we talk to ourselves is the beginnings of change. Be gentle with the messages you are sending to yourself. The next time you are finding your thoughts drifting into negative self-talk, practice S-O-S.