All in Inspiration
This time of year can be pretty tricky when it comes to what it’s like to be a body in the world. It’s hard not to notice the ‘get a beach body now!’ messages popping up on magazine covers and hear people shaming themselves for eating ice cream. It’s also been heartening to see some pushback (especially on the internet) about this - things like memes about having a ‘bikini body’ (spoiler: have a body, put a bikini on it).
People who menstruate have been discriminated against and shamed for centuries; which is ludicrous because, not only is menstruation a normal biological process, it is also a major reason the human race exists.
At Peak Resilience, we not only understand the effects of people’s menstrual cycles on their mental health, we also acknowledge the politics of menstruation. That is, women and people who menstruate can experience conscious or unconscious shame about their cycles, pain, lack of appropriate medical care due to medical gender bias, and they can still be stigmatized for something that is totally natural (and necessary).
For the last few years, I have talked a lot about Brené Brown. I mean A LOT.
But to be fair, everyone seems to know who she is. For example, while getting my tattoo work on, I’m telling my tattooist about a training I’m going to in Houston. I ask, “do you know Brené Brown?” Without skipping a beat, he says, “is that the lady who talked about vulnerability on a Ted Talk?”. To be fair, he’s pretty much a therapist but the point is: Brené has become a household name…
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor wanting to provide the best, most ethical counselling services possible- which means I attend my own therapy.
And it scares me.
Introducing our new blog post series called "Get to Know Your Counsellor" - where we'll feature each counsellor answering questions in an authentic and vulnerable way so you can 1) get to know us better and 2) feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
When clients first come to Peak Resilience, they often comment on our space. We get reactions such as "wow, this is so nice" or "I feel so relaxed". We thought we would explain the rationale behind putting a lot of thought and love into our space...
Resilience is usually defined as someone's "ability to function after adversity". But many people forget that everyone has different "abilities to function". So what does resilience look like for people with disabilities?
Taking action when we just want to bury our heads in the sand.
How to face painful life experiences without avoidance and resistance.