Daring Way™ Weekend Workshop

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I am excited to announce that I will be offering a Daring Way™ weekend intensive workshop July 12-14th.

  • Do you ever feel like you are not enough?
  • Do you feel like you have to be perfect to be loved?
  • Do you feel like you are desperate to be seen, but terrified of allowing people to actually see you at the same time?

These are just some of the questions that we will address in the Daring Way™ workshop.  Dr. Brené Brown has extensively researched and specializes in the power of shame and vulnerability. But more importantly, she developed a curriculum to help us overcome these fears and learn how to live a more wholehearted and authentic life.

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The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. We explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.

We will examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, paren, and lead.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, please call or text 559-779-8349 or email me at jennichipperfield@gmail.com

There is limited availability, so reserve your seat soon. If you would like to attend, but the summer dates are difficult for you, I am starting an interest list for a fall session as well.

Further information is available at http://www.thedaringway.com.

 

 

ABOUT BRENÉ BROWN

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers:

  • The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Daring Greatly
  • Rising Strong
  • Braving the Wilderness.

Her new book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., is scheduled for publication in October 2018.Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

 

 

 

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Is Counseling Right for Me?

“Oh, you’re going to therapy? I didn’t know things were that bad…”

 

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Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net

I frequently hear that line from clients. Unfortunately, there is still a persisting belief that going to see a therapist or counselor, means your life is falling apart. Yet, most people who walk into my office do not have a major life crisis. They want help, an objective, experienced professional who has been trained to assist them with whatever it is they are facing.

And let’s face it, at some point in our lives, we all experience stuff – relationship issues, personal growth, major life transitions, decisions, grief, loss, depression, or wanting support going in a new direction in your life.

There are many reasons to work with a trained, experienced counselor. Some of the most common reasons people seek therapy:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Emotional Stress
  • Marriage Problems
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Career Paths
  • Stress
  • Family Conflict
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Addictions
  • Intimacy Concerns
  • Trust Issues

One of the first things I tell prospective clients, is that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. In fact, I personally believe that asking for help takes courage and vulnerability. It is saying I could use someone to help me figure out what I want, what I need and where I want to go.

Making the decision to see a therapist can be a long process, but ultimately this is about you finding a safe place to heal, grow and find a resolution for the concerns in your life. A therapist can’t solve your problems for you, but they can offer insight, facilitate awareness and encourage you to find a better understanding of what you want in life.

If you are interested in starting the process of finding a therapist, please call me at 559-779-8349.

Back to School

With the summer vacation winding down, many of us are getting ready to send our kids back to school. Some parents are excited to be back in the routine, while others are dreading the coming year of homework, assignments and general grief of our children dealing with other issues. ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities, social skills – all of these can contribute to a difficult school year for both parents and children.

Here are a few tips to start your school year off right:

  • Form a partnership with your child’s teacher. Teachers want your child to succeed. The more you can come from a place of partnership and collaboration, the more your child’s teacher will work with you.
  • Partnerships go for the administration as well! Hopefully, you have a great administrative team. They have worked hard to get to where they are and (in my experience) they also genuinely want your child to succeed. At the end of the day – that’s their job. Write a letter, ask for a meeting. Kindness goes a long way here. You are on the same team, help them learn about your child and what will help them help your child.
  • Stay connected and informed. Make meetings happen with the teacher on a regular basis.
  • Create goals for your child together with the teacher. For older children you can get them involved with goal setting as well. Children know they are struggling and want to succeed as well. The goal is to provide them with the support and guidance needed to progress and improve.
  • Listen and Share. Listen to the teacher and your child. You are the one who can help navigate the emotional challenges.
  • Create a consistent schedule for your child at home. Routines are important for everyone, but especially someone that has a difficult time remembering even the simple things. Set up a morning schedule, an afternoon/homework schedule and an evening schedule. This can all sound overwhelming, but a simple large calendar posted someplace easily visible is an simple tool that can have a significant impact. Calendars can have schedules posted, keep track of assignments and even break down assignments into smaller chunks that can be more easily tackled.

The bottom line, is that you are not alone. There are many professionals that can help you and your child. If you have any questions or would like help, please feel free to email me.

Further resources:

CHADD – Children and Adults with ADHD

Helping Children with ADHD Succeed at School

Students First Project

Love and Logic