The Lighter Side of Transformation

Observed and reported by Lisa Wessan, LICSW

Grateful and Shameless Plug…next DBT Skills Group has a few openings for March 1, 2018 in Westford, MA (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

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The next 14 week DBT Daytime Group on Thursdays in my office be starting on  March 1, 3:15 – 4:45 PM, and there are still a few openings in this group (limited to 10). This trimester we  will be studying and practicing Mindfulness skills and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Mindfulness: Learn to better control your Emotional Responses, Overwhelming Feelings, Attention and Focus, Staying in the Present, Radical Acceptance, Reduce Negative Judgments about Self and Others.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learn to Improve your Ability to Communicate Effectively with Other People, Set Healthy Boundaries, Be Assertive, Cope with Conflict, Negotiate Solutions with Dignity and Respect.

[This group is non-binary/co-ed, ages 18+, tuition fee applies/non-insurance based.]

 

For registration and tuition information please visit my web site at  www.LisaWessan.com or call 978.710.8039

DBT Mindfulness

Looking forward,

Onward and Upward,

Lisa Wessan

PS – One initial consultation with me is required prior to the group’s first session, and the participants need to be in individual therapy with someone in order to be in the group (does not have to be with me, nor does their therapist need to be trained in DBT).

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Each Day, a New Beginning

2018 New Year

Remember, each day is a new beginning, as it is written in Winnie the Pooh:

“What day is it ?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.

Some days may appear to be more special than others, but in fact each day is a special pearl of a day.  Let’s love the day, no matter what…experiment in feeling an attitude of gratitude for each breath you take.

Onward and Upward,

Lisa Wessan

 

 

 

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Decompressin’ with Wessan: Walk and Talk Therapy comes to Chelmsford, MA

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Since I changed careers in 1999,  morphing from science journalist to therapist, I feel as if I have given birth to three clinical children in this journey…

First, I delivered Therapeutic Laughter for Caregivers (and others) in New York City, which emerged as keynotes, workshops and seminars.  I still enjoy presenting these programs which also include Team Building with Laughter, the Let Go and Lighten Up program and LaughAnanda (laughter meditation).  Each program serves a different sector, for corporate, medical/healthcare, educational, non-profit, and spiritual organizations.

Second, after a long gestational study period,  I delivered Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups (DBT) two years ago and currently facilitate two DBT groups in my office in Westford, MA, one daytime and evening group.

Third, and brand new as of June 2017, Walk and Talk Therapy (WATT) was born.  I am very excited about the progress and results my clients are experiencing during WATT.

Over the past several years, every time I read about exercising with clients, I was more intrigued…yes, there is solid science and empirically verified research on the benefits of WATT.

In brief, the motion of walking stimulates the bicameral brain and increases activity between the left and right hemispheres.  This allows people to access more complex feelings and memories, and have the ability to process the sadness, grief or trauma even more effectively while walking. While walking, everything is flowing, and the negative or heavily charged energy from the  traumatic memories can discharge quicker.  (I’m in the process of writing an article on a few of my clients who have had dramatic shifts and turnarounds on these walks.)

RISK MANAGEMENT

I have my clients sign an Indemnity Agreement prior to the WATT, and we discuss the possible challenges that may occur, such as tripping on a rock, or falling for some reason.  For some, this often leads to a lively discussion of their previous adventures and how confident they are in their walking ability.  “Walking around a lake? This is nothing, a piece of cake!”  they say.  For others, the prospect of walking for two miles is daunting, but they understand they can do as much or little of the walk as they want.  We have a choice of several benches for resting along the way with stunning views of the lake.

If you are considering WATT, I strongly recommend it.  As the Scottish-American naturalist John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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My new hero, Poppa Neutrino (1933-2011)

Read about “The free spirit who rafted across the Atlantic,” (THE WEEK, Feb. 11, 2011). Here’s a man who lived fully, a life of adventure, passion and purpose on every level. Poppa Neutrino is my inspiration du jour…

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Excited! My quote is featured in 2011 Woman’s Advantage Calendar….

I’m excited that my advice was chosen from over 5,000 submissions to be featured in The Woman’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar for 2011. My quote is one of 365 selected—one for each day of the year—and will be featured on January 16, 2011. My quote is “There are no perfect people here at Earth School, so let’s put the FUN back in dysfunctional! “ Find out more about this unique calendar at the Woman’s Advantage.

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Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nothing is impossible…

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’M POSSIBLE!” ~ Audrey Hepburn

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High foliage in Massachusetts

Love this video….<a href="http://“>scenes of New England with Cheryl Wheeler’s music.

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