Delta Variant Got You Down? Here’s Why & What To Do!
by Rebecca StanwyckAugust 19, 2021 Alcohol Problems, Anxiety, COVID-19, Depression, Health and wellness0 comments
Just as we were beginning to feel better this summer – because once again we could dine in restaurants, attend sporting events and outdoor concerts, hug friends, visit grandchildren and grandparents, and even travel – now we’ve been knocked back down by the Delta variant surge. Here we go again. Only this time it feels much worse. Why is that? One of the worst parts of this ongoing pandemic...Learn More
A Ladder and a Map: Tools for Emotion Regulation
by Rebecca StanwyckApril 16, 2021 Neuroscience, Relationships, Stress, Trauma0 comments
I recently had the opportunity, due to the pandemic, to attend a virtual version of an annual conference for psychotherapists that is usually held in Washington D.C. One of the webinars I attended, by Deb Dana, LCSW, offered some simple and practical tools to use with clients, based on a not-so-simple to explain theory, the Polyvagal Theory. The first tool is a ladder; the second, a map, or a...Learn More
A Year of Living in Limbo
by Rebecca StanwyckMarch 16, 2021 Anxiety, COVID-19, Depression, Grief and Loss, Stress0 comments
Today marks the one year anniversary of the day the San Francisco Bay Area region shut down, due to the COVID-19 virus epidemic that had been declared a pandemic just days earlier. Do you remember where you were that day? I had left my office the previous Friday intending to return that Monday, but over the weekend had followed the rapidly changing news on the virus, and by Sunday began...Learn More
How Has This Year Changed You?
by Rebecca StanwyckFebruary 19, 2021 COVID-19, Health and wellness, Mindfulness0 comments
We are coming up on a year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation full-force, causing the shut down of schools and businesses and forcing most of us to shelter-in-place. And it’s not over yet. As that reality sinks in, it’s easy to feel discouraged, depressed, even despairing. It might help to reflect a little, on how this year has changed us, individually and collectively. Taking...Learn More
Healing from the Trauma of Toxic Narcissism
by Rebecca StanwyckNovember 18, 2020 Addiction, Narcissism, Trauma3 comments
I have been struggling to write something relevant to the current political and social turmoil that might be helpful; yet while I have many opinions, I am not an expert at political, economic, or social trends. But one thing I do know about is narcissism and its effects. I know that narcissism exists on a spectrum, from charmingly self-absorbed to pathologically destructive, and I’ve...Learn More