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Join us for a time of community, togetherness, learning, and self exploration! Starting October 8th, the Willow Tree Book Club will meet the first Thursday of each month to discuss the book selection for that month. Book selections are focused on self growth, improving overall health, and gaining new, positive perspectives on life. The group will be facilitated by Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling team members who have advanced training and experience in the health and wellness field. Please read each book selection prior to the meeting date. 

 

Held the first Thursday of each month October-December 5:30-6:30 pm, FREE!

 

 

October 8th:

“The Power of Now”

by Eckhardt Tolle Lead by: Nicole Iacovoni, Licensed Psychotherapist

 

November 5th:

“The Alchemist”

by Paulo Coelho

Lead by: Lindsey McNamara, Certified Yoga Instructor

 

December 3rd:

“Women, Food, & God”

by Geneen Roth

Lead by: Shawn Clavelle,Certified Health Coach

 

 

Become a healthier version of you with the help of WTWC Health Coach, Shawn Clavelle!

 

Shape up and learn strategies for long term overall health. Each week, Shawn will give information and helpful guidance on how to lose weight healthfully and cultivate a health centered lifestyle.

 

Discover a gentler, kinder version of The Biggest Loser Challenge to get into shape! Gain valuable insight on how to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, and improve overall happiness in a 4-week series program. Experience the benefits of weekly small group coaching sessions and learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle for lasting change. 

 

You will receive grocery shopping list ideas, recipes, meal planning tips, personal email support from WT Health Coach, Shawn Clavelle, physical activity tracking sheets, free giveaways, and tasty treats!

 

WEDNESDAYs in OCTOBER from 5:30- 6:30 pm.

 

4- Class Series- $65/ pre-registration required

 

Sign Up Today!!

 

August 31, 2015

 

Welcome the cool weather with a little heat and a lot of fun!

 

Join us for a 90-minute vinyasa yoga class in a 90 degree heated studio. Break a sweat, release toxins, and heat up before the cold of winter sets in!

 

The heated room helps the body to warm more quickly, allowing us to go deeper into our postures. We will begin to stoke the inner flame with a series of strong standing sequences, moving into deep hip openers to clear the pelvis. This all-levels practice will be deeply nurturing and cleansing.

 

Our Hot Yoga Workshop will kick-off our regular hot yoga season. Following the workshop, we will offer hot yoga classes each week on our regular yoga class schedule.

 

Saturday, October 17th, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Instructor: Shawn Clavelle

$25/person, pre-registration required

 

Call us Today or Sign Up online!

Setting some reasonable goals for the school year sets the tone and gives clear expectations that can lead to a successful academic year. Goals could revolve around completing assignments and turning them in, getting ready for school on time, good reports on behavior at school, and getting to bed on time. Each family will have their own views on what is important; I suggest you meet as a family to work these out. I think it works well when all children in the family have their own unique list of goals. You might also have a goal related to all of the children being  able to get along without fighting.

 

Getting the day off to a good start can set the tone for the day for the whole   family. At a family meeting, discuss when everyone needs to be out the door. List all the things that need to take place to make this happen, then figure out how much time each task will take. From there, determine a schedule and what time each person needs to get out of bed. Once you have a plan, give it a dry run to see if it is workable. You could use a stopwatch to see if the goal can be met. Make any necessary adjustments and then post the schedule so everyone can see it. Consider a once–a–week family activity to celebrate if you are successful for a week. (If you are successful for a few weeks, you could space out the celebrations to once a month.)


To make wakening go smoother, plan for your child to get ten hours of sleep, not the eight hours that our society has embraced as the standard expected sleeping duration. If you child can attain the ten hours that children and teens with ADHD actually need, mornings will inevitably go better. Another strategy is to modify the alarm clock. Consider purchasing a clock that is already engineered to have an extra loud bell or buzz. Another way to make an alarm clock sound louder is to place it in a metal pie pan where dimes have also been placed. An additional method is to place a metal cookie tin on it's side and put the alarm clock inside. It is best to place any alarm clock far from the bed so your child must walk over to it to shut it off. Forbid alarm clocks with the snooze feature that would allow extending the period for arising for an additional several minutes. When the alarm rings, it's time to get up, period.                                                        

                         

To help with the daily chore of getting dressed, consider color coding, labeling or putting pictures on the dresser drawers. Your child will know once-and-for-all where each item is. I suggest a logical sequence so that the top drawer is for items going on the face, head, and neck. The next drawer is for items that go onto the upper torso: sweaters, blouses, take tops, and shirts. The middle drawer is for the middle of the body so put underwear, lingerie, and sleepwear there. Below the middle drawer insert pants, slacks, shorts, and jeans. The bottom drawer might be dedicated to shoes, socks, hose, and slippers. Modify this sequence as needed for your family's individual needs, but adhering to a logical sequence such as this one helps.

 

Provide some sort of structured reminder of the time remaining before it is time to leave for school. Timers and buzzers may suffice, but often ADHD involves impairment of the ability to sense the passage of time. So even when the timer goes off, the child is amazed and not prepared for the fact that that the time has expired. The best solution is the silent Time Timer, which shows a red area that gradually shrinks in size as time goes on. The child stops pestering you about "Is the time up yet?" and "How much time is left?" because the disappearing red area is visible from any distance. Even small children who can't read a clock can understand how much time is left. Make arrangements to meet with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. If your child has an IEP or a 504 plan then you can meet to discuss how you can best work with the teacher to implement the plan in their classroom. If the school is not aware of your child’s ADD or ADHD, just meet as an interested parent first.


Help your child get organized. Children with ADHD often have trouble getting organized and easily lose things. You can help by designating areas for your child’s school supplies — backpack, pens, paper, books — and making sure that everything is kept in its place. Buy notebook organizers and help your child use them. Have your child or teacher write his assignments in a special homework book every day, and check it when he gets home from school to see what needs to be done. Today, many teachers post homework assignments on the school’s Web site. Over the summer, show your child the Web site and how you can both access it.        

 

Find a quiet place for homework. A child with ADHD is easily distracted by noises. Your child should have a place for doing homework that’s quiet and away from doors and windows, the television, and other distractions, including pets. The designated homework space could be in the child’s room, the family room, or any place she will be able to work without being distracted. Create routines. Whether school is in or out, a child with ADHD needs routines, Your child will behave better if you develop routines from wake-up time to bedtime. This routine should include time for homework or reading, family meals, and play — indoors and out. Some families prefer to let their children unwind when they come home from school and start their homework a little later.  Others prefer that their children finish their homework and then play. Either way is fine, as long as you stick to your routine and your child has the time he needs to complete his assignments.

 

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 Scott Young, MS, CCC, LNC earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1992 and has been a nationally certified Christian Counselor since 2003. Having worked professionally in inpatient psychiatry for 16 years and with children and adults as a mobile therapist, Scott specializes in family counseling, children’s counseling, parenting concerns, individuals with special needs, developmental and learning disabilities, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, anger, social skills, self esteem, depression, and character building. Scott has seen the importance of looking at each person holistically and considers all areas of health when working with clients. Scott earned a doctorate in Naturopathy in 2014 and offers a comprehensive approach to overall health and well-being by integrating counseling, botanical and herbal medicine, naturopathic and holistic medicine, and lifestyle therapy. Scott is passionate about working with children and serving as an advocate for children with special needs.

August 10, 2015

In the four years I’ve worked in private practice, I’ve had many clients sit down across from me for the first time and say, “I can’t believe I’m in therapy. There must be something really wrong with me”. Having worked with a therapist myself, I know firsthand how intimidating it can be. It’s difficult recognizing the need for help, searching for a good therapist, making that initial call, and going in for the first time, not knowing what to expect from the process. Yet, needing the help of a therapist doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. It means life is hard and you’re human. 

 

There’s a misconception that if you work with a therapist you must be a mental case. It’s true that therapists treat mental illness, but therapy is indicated and recommended for EVERYONE. Working with a therapist doesn’t make you crazy; it makes you smart. We aren’t given a manual for life. We aren’t educated about how our brains work, how the mind and body are connected, how to communicate effectively, or how to develop the self intimacy necessary to maintain positive self esteem and direction throughout our life course. That’s what therapy is for. 

 

I work with many clients who have no history of mental illness, nor are they experiencing a crisis in their lives. They are utilizing therapy to be PROACTIVE in preventing problems. They participate in treatment in order to become their best selves, enhance their relationships, parent more effectively, and practice good self care to ensure they STAY happy, healthy, and well adjusted. This is the very best way to use therapy. It’s much easier to prevent crisis than it is to clean up the mess after it occurs. 

 

In truth, if you’re in therapy, you’re among some of the healthiest people in our society. By working with a therapist, you’re identifying your struggles, accepting you have room for growth, and are working to overcome obstacles and limitations. I often tell my clients that I’m not worried about them. I know they’ll be ok because they’re ready and willing to do the hard work necessary to feel better and be better. I worry about all the people in the world who aren’t working with a therapist, who are living in denial of their problems, and aren’t taking steps toward positive change.

 

Working with a therapist has many benefits, but here five reasons why everyone needs a therapist:

 

1. The therapeutic relationship is the only relationship in your life that is non-reciprocal. The entire relationship is centered around you, which is truly beautiful. In all other relationships, there exists an expectation of give and take. You be there to listen, comfort, and support me and I will do the same for you. The therapeutic relationship allows you to monopolize every conversation, thinking and caring about what’s important to you, without giving any attention to what might be going on with your therapist. It’s designed that way, and it provides an opportunity for reflection, self growth, and insight that no other relationship can give. 

 

2. Working with a therapist allows us to be vulnerable, yet safe. Sharing our deepest and most intimate thoughts and feelings with another human being makes us incredibly vulnerable. Vulnerability opens us up to potential harm. While vulnerability is scary and intimidating in many cases, it is required for human connection to exist. When we expose ourselves to the important people in our lives, like our parents, spouse, or best friend, we run the risk of judgment, criticism, or forever being viewed in a negative way thereafter. What we think and feel also has the potential to hurt people we care about. In therapy, we can speak our mind without filtering our thoughts or feelings, which helps us to dig deeper into ourselves and recognize what truly lies beneath. 

 

3. A therapist serves as a neutral, objective sounding board. Those closest to us and our life situations are biased commentators who may give advice or recommendations based on ulterior motives. While intentions are usually good, our friends and family often have perceptions just as cloudy and irrational as our own. Relying on them to provide us with objective ideas isn’t always a realistic option. In contrast, a therapist maintains an objective, non-judgmental attitude and perspective. As a therapist, I carefully select only the feedback, suggestions, or recommendations that will be helpful to my client. If it isn’t useful, inspiring, or enlightening, it isn’t said. This is a skill therapists are trained to develop, and is one of the many ways therapists help their clients. 

 

4. Therapists help you find your strengths. Our culture seems heavily focused on deficits. We often think more about what we don’t have, what’s going wrong, or want needs to be fixed rather than seeing what we do have, what’s going well, and accepting what currently is. Therapists can help you discover the wonderful parts of yourself, your attributes, and the skills and talents you possess. While therapy can be focused on areas of growth and solving problems, it’s also largely focused on bringing your strengths to the forefront and allowing you to shine. 

 

5. A therapist is your coach, cheerleader, and greatest fan. If you want to get in the game of life and win it, you need a good coach. Having a guide, mentor, or coach is incredibly valuable in an arena in which your striving for success. Therapists are well equipped with tools, skills, and information to help you score big in life. Therapists teach you strategies to overcome obstacles while supporting you, cheering you on, and celebrating your success. 

 

Being in therapy doesn’t make you crazy. Struggling through life alone and unhappy might be crazy though. Everyone deserves to be happy, healthy, and resilient, and working with a therapist can help you live that way. Whether you’re suffering from crisis or wanting to prevent problems from arising in the future, therapy can be an incredibly healing, enlightening, and useful experience. 

 

Letting go. I think this may be one of the hardest concepts for most of us to grasp. I know for me personally, I am a meticulous planner. I have a plan for my plan and a backup plan for that plan. It seems that the more I try to hold on and control things around me, the more chaos I seem to create. This is obviously the exact opposite effect I am trying to achieve. Then when things do not go the way I had planned, I tend to ask myself, “Why is this happening?”. Well, that kind of thinking usually doesn’t accomplish much and only leaves me feeling like a victim in the life that only I have created. I have learned that we must release the idea of the life we think we want to be ready for the life we are supposed to have.

 

A good way to relinquish the white knuckle grip we have on our lives is to practice mantras. A mantra can be anything that is soothing to you. Some things I like to say to myself are, “All is well”, “You are well”, “You are exactly where you need to be,” or “It is supposed to be this way for a reason.” I find doing this with my eyes closed and holding a mala to be very calming and comforting. Part of needing to be in control is when shit hits the fan we immediately jump into action because it is our desire to fix whatever the problem is. But sometimes it is best to just sit in stillness and allow the answers to come to you. Once we calm down and are able think rationally, we can try to listen to what the universe is saying to us. I believe that the universe has a path for us all, even though this completely goes against my controlling nature. I think that we are all on a set path; a destiny if you will, and when we veer from that path, things start to go badly for us. Like putting a square peg in a round hole; it just doesn’t work. Only when we are on the right path will things become clear and smooth. Now, I am not saying to just sit back, relax and not do anything and all of your blessings will come to you. We still have to work for these things but just not as hard as we have been.

 

Overall, it is important to embrace everything, the good and the bad times, because it is usually the bad times that we learn the most about ourselves. Hopefully finding a mantra that works for you will help through these times when it seems like the world is caving in around you. It can be scary letting go at first, but eventually, when you fully embrace it, you will find a sense of calm surround you, and all will be well. 

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Lindsey McNamara is a traditionally Hatha based yoga teacher who strives to share the simple beauty of yoga with her students in a way that allows them to achieve greater awareness, gratitude, mindfulness, and balance. She believes that we each have the power to heal ourselves and become our best selves through the practice of yoga and is passionate about guiding students through the process of self growth utilizing yoga and mediation practices. 

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