“We are lacking intimacy with the activity – and reactivity – of our minds…,” which can have tremendous impact on our health and well-being.

Humorous, relevant, and deeply embedded in wisdom: check out this new lecture by one of my most influential teachers of mindfulness meditation.


In the picture below, a couple of our hens are enjoying one of their first spring days outside. April 2016. They’re little more than scrappy balls of molting feathers, but over the course of four months, they will blossom into full-fledged hens.

During their first winter – despite the fierce weather20160913_114400 (1), which hit us especially hard up here in the hills outside Portland – our girls kept on laying. And laying. And laying. Every afternoon after work, I’d trudge through the snow or rain or sleet to collect a handful of brown, still-warm eggs, often nested beneath a cooing, broody hen.

Frittatas. Egg scrambles. Sunday apple baked pancakes, and other baked goods. Soon we were giving eggs for birthday presents, as thank you’s and house-warming gifts. You get the picture. Our refrigerator filled up with eggs and meanwhile, I started fantasizing about getting more chicks. It was official – I was turning into the Chicken Lady. Continue Reading »

Thanks for your interest! If you are interested in meeting with me to target emotional or binge eating, health concerns, depression or anxiety, stress reduction, or other life challenges, please take the following steps:

  1. Give me a call at (503) 367-9488. I typically return calls during weekday daytime office hours. Please leave me a message that includes your name, number, and best times to reach you. I find it helpful to know about any scheduling preferences, and if you’d like to use a particular insurance plan. I am an in-network provider with BlueCross BlueShield, PacificSource, Providence/Optum, Aetna, and Cigna, and am happy to bill most other insurance plans.
  2. Schedule your intake appointment. This initial session will last about 55-60 minutes and will give us both a chance to meet & confirm that it feels like a good fit. I’ll ask questions about your current concerns, listen to your story, and offer treatment recommendations based upon my mindfulness- and acceptance-based approach.
  3. Complete this new client packet prior to coming in for your intake appointment. If you need me to email it to you, or set it out early in my waiting room to complete prior to our session, just let me know. In addition, please take the self-compassion test and the ACE (adverse childhood experience) quiz; I’ll be interested in your scores and will talk with you about how difficult past experiences (as well as self-compassion and resiliency) can impact well-being.
  4. Prepare to engage, experiment, and learn – moving forward together, we’ll discuss (and practice) ways of building awareness, strengthening skills and strategies, and increasing behaviors that are more in line with your goals and values. It’s time to get your life (and health) back – and unhook from the struggle!

How willing are you to face discomfort and take risks? Or have you learned that “getting it perfect” is the most important?

Healthy SnackRead this great article reviewing the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program and how it helps with “emotional” or binge eating struggles:

“Traditional techniques for tackling the obesity epidemic often don’t take into account the strong drivers of eating: negative emotions, cravings and impulsivity, particularly in the face of highly palatable food,” says University of California, San Francisco, psychology professor Elissa Epel, PhD, who has collaborated with Kristeller on several research studies using MB-EAT. “Mindfulness training gives us more control over these strong drives and makes us more aware of the triggers of overeating that come from outside of us.”

Words to live by…

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