This week I celebrated the 7th anniversary from when I submitted my first research proposal and presented at NASW-LA in Baton Rouge, LA. This week I presented at the NASW-MD Conference on Suicide Among Active Military Personnel and War Veterans. My first time I was introducing the information from my article I published with NASW and I was very comfortable and did not feel nervous at all. An altercation occurred between two of the participants. I feel that I handled the situation very well. During my presentation, I provided a… Read More »HAPPY SOCIAL WORK MONTH
There comes a time in every adult’s life where they must be honest and in tune with their true feelings. A couple of weekends ago I was having a pity party for myself because I was in class on Saturday and Sunday at a CBT certification course. Next weekend I will be working on speaking engagements. The weather is getting warmer and everyone is enjoying the outdoors, and I will be working. I started to think about the time when will I get the chance to enjoy my weekends and… Read More »May the work I've done speak for me:
Blogging allows me the opportunity to relax and take a break from my normal routine. It is very stress relieving when I’m able to write about my journey. The beautiful thing about reflection is you have time to evaluate yourself and relationships. When I get stuck in a thought, a feeling, or a relationship, and I am confused about how to get unstuck, I start to evaluate myself. I take the time to observe myself without judgment or reproach. This can be a powerful tool for change. I pay attention… Read More »Stop holding onto people that have you on hold…..
Sometimes in our relationships (friendships, love relationships, family, and professional relationships) we need to learn to let go. Sometimes we need to say goodbye. So we can travel on our own personal journeys, and experience life lessons.
As a therapist, I am constantly dealing with various issues on a daily basis. Yesterday I was dealing with the topic of divorce and breakup. On this journey of life, we are faced with many losses. Ranging from people we have loved, jobs, house, car, money, or something we valued. If you are not careful you can even lose sight of your values, dreams, and goals. Searching for a quick fix is not the solution to avoiding feelings about your loss. When we are searching for instant gratification we often… Read More »Daily Inspiration
Last night I was talking to a good friend about love and healing from hurt, and heartbreak. Discussing in detail about the first time my heart was broken made me think about the importance of acknowledging and validating your personal feelings. Sometimes we think being strong means not giving in to our emotions. Real power comes from being vulnerable enough to feel whatever we feel. We may not see the lesson until we feel the feeling. It was at that moment I was able to feel the pain, hurt, resentment, anger,… Read More »Daily Inspiration
Dear Mr. Gatson, I’m not sure if this is the right email to send this to. Feel free to correct me if not. Below is my entry/ question to your blog. I’ve gone out on a few dates this year and each time I’ve noticed a few small things. For example, one gentleman I noticed when I ask him questions he’s a bit vague with his answers. I called him out on it and he said “I don’t come out and say a lot in the beginning.” I replied “I’m… Read More »Dating Investigator