Your Anchor In the Storm

Patty Shutt, Psy.D. Tackling issues and problems in our life can require us to move toward the “storms” of conflict, emotions, and uncertainty. Here at the Oasis we want our clients to be prepared for these storms by developing the tools needed to weather the rough seas. In individual sessions and groups like DBT, we encourage the practice of mindfulness. One important tool in the practice of mindfulness is the “anchor”. The anchor is used …

Living Your Own Life: Escape from Codependency

Anni Johnston, LMHC, D/MT Many people use the term “co-dependency” to describe an over-involved stance with others in their life. Originally it was coined to apply to those in an enabling relationship with someone in an addiction. Now its meaning has broadened to describe anyone who repeatedly finds himself or herself wrapped up in a caregiving, over-planning, problem-fixing manner with people in their lives. There is nothing inherently wrong with caregiving, planning or fixing problems, …

Freedom From Suffering

Knowing that pain is impermanent and having a belief that there is hope, allows me to sit with clients who are in deep emotional or physical pain. It is at our worst, when nothing external can help us that we can turn inward and begin to make the journey toward truth. Truth can and will set us free from suffering. There are many paths to truth. In the Rig Veda it says there is only …

Everything IS Possible!

The first of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws presents the idea of “Pure Potentiality”. This spiritual law is difficult to teach to adults who are locked into a set of ideas and beliefs that are limiting and therefore untrue. It is rare to find an adult who was raised in a family or culture to believe that all things are possible. Fortunately the law of pure potentiality exists whether you believe it or not and …

Be at Peace in the Moment

“Whenever we daydream, worry, or nurse a grudge, we are training the mind to escape from the present moment. We get trapped in the past or future” – Eknath Easwaran Let go of the chains that hold you in the past and the riptide that draws you in to the future – NOW is the moment that demands your focus. Give yourself to the moment and you will find both peace and purpose.

DBT Skills Group

In DBT skills group we teach a critical skill in cultivating healing from painful emotions, experiences, and a way of building our resiliency in the time of crisis, called Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance begins with mindfulness and requires willingness to bring mindfulness to experiences that we ordinarily run or hide from because we dislike or they cause pain. The willingness to meet our pain with full awareness builds courage, resiliency, by facing fear. However, there …