Happiness In Everyday Life

April 24 to May 8, 2017

Everyone is talking about mindfulness as a way to reduce anxiety and depression and as a way to be happier and less stressed. Yet, most people haven’t the time or are just confused about how to begin a practice. In this course you will not only learn techniques in practicing mindfulness, but will also develop ways that are practical to your everyday lifestyle so that you will benefit from taking the class long after it is over. You will also get a glimpse into the science behind mindfulness and how changing your mind actually changes your brain. Suggested reading: Real Happiness The Power of Meditation By: Sharon Salzberg

Register at www.chestercountynightschool.org.

The Question That Brought Me Back

During the holiday season with expectations running high and traffic running slow, many of us begin to feel overwhelmed.

From past experiences I know that when I am feeling overwhelmed it is best to stop whatever I am doing, and reach for the phone. By taking this step I begin to get out of my head, which I’ve learned is not the best place to be when I’m overwhelmed or stressed.  When my thoughts are racing, I am edgy with everyone, and even the simplest decision seem difficult, I know it’s time to stop. Read more …

Mindfulness Workshop

Live a Happier Life—the power of meditation to improve the quality of your life and your mind.

Mindsight, meditation, being in the present, are all different names for a way of focusing awareness that has the potential to free us from patterns of mind that are getting in the way of living our lives to the fullest.

In this two hour didactic, as well as experiential seminar, you will be introduced to cutting-edge research on how the brain, the mind and relationships affect each other and our well being. You will also receive guidance and practice mindsight meditation, leaving with valuable tools to live a happier, fuller life. If you already practice mindfulness, you will have an opportunity to understand and validate the many benefits of your practice.

Tina Dwyer, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice. She is a graduate of the teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Management through the University of Pennsylvania Program for Mindfulness and is currently enrolled in an Interpersonal Neurobiology Training Course taught by Dr. Daniel Siegel.

Temenos Retreat Center

Accelerated-Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Accelerated-Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Workshop
I look forward to being a class assistant at The Cape Cod Institute for this dynamic workshop taught by Natasha Preen.  Learning new ways of working with my patients is always important to me. This class will supplement  my skills in working with my clients  reach core felt states, and live more integrated lives.


Everything is Changing

Everything is changing all of the time. The weather changes, our families change, our careers change even the way we feel about something changes.  Sometimes the thought that everything changes makes me feel really happy and other times I feel scared and sad.  I’m happy that the iciness of winter is followed by the warmth of spring. I’m sad when a visit with family and friends end, and they have to go back to their homes. Read more …

Love, Listening and Lenses

How are the relationships in your life going? You know the ones with your partner, siblings, kids, parents, co-workers, etc. 
Most people that come in for counseling are often struggling with relationships which at times are disappointing and frustrating, and sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to walk away, at least for the time being. However, what about the relationships that you don’t want to walk away from: the relationships that although they are difficult are important to you.

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A Question That Confused the Dalai Lama

There is a story about the Dalai Lama that I’ve heard retold a number of times over the years that I thought might be helpful to share with my readers. The story goes as follows. In 1990, the Dalai Lama, along with western scientists, psychologists, philosophers and meditators were gathered at a conference in Dharmsala, India. When it was Sharon Salzberg’s, (author and meditation teacher) turn to ask a question of the Dalai Lama, she asked “What do you think about self-hatred? Read more …

Be Kind, Don’t Get Hooked And Make It Bigger

With the holiday season upon us, I would like to share three ideas that I think might be helpful to having a less stressful few weeks and possibly even finding the peace and happiness which seem to be a bit difficult to find this time of the year.

First idea, Be Kind.  Most importantly be kind to yourself. The best gift you can give your loved ones, friends and families is the gift of your beautiful spirit. Nourishing your spirit does take some work, especially during this time of the season when you often feel burdened and rushed. However, to actually get in touch with what makes you happy and peaceful in the world one needs to put the brakes on.

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Life is Too Difficult Not to Practice Mindfulness

In my blogs, I tend to write often about being mindful and paying attention to your life.  These simple actions may seem almost too simplistic. After all, how can paying attention to your life, to what you are experiencing moment to moment change your life in ways that make a difference. Most people live with anxiety and depression, if not on a regular basis, at some time during their lives. With the economy in a tail spin, people having less leisure time and working longer and harder, life often seems out of control.

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The Healthy Mind Platter

My mentor and teacher, Dr. Daniel Siegel, has collaborated with David Rock on a new project that I think is very exciting and helpful.

By now, you might be familiar with the new US Department of Agriculture revised food pyramid, which is a plate that shows which food groups and how much of each you need to help develop healthy bodies.  With an obesity epidemic rampant in the United States, it is hoped that this new design will be helpful to people in assisting them to make healthier choices.

Of course, it is very important to pay attention to our bodies because they get us around in the world. But, I am sure you will agree that it is just as important to take care of our minds and brains because this is what we use to make sense of our worlds.

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