One of my most favorite books of all time, written by Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist is a beautifully written illustration of how synchronicity abounds whenever you listen to your heart and believe in your dreams.

The story is about a young man, a shepherd, that sets out to search for a buried treasure and along the way, meets people of all backgrounds, who challenge him to grow and listen to his dreams and intuition to help guide him to the *treasure*.

It’s a beautiful example of process, the emotional experiences that present themselves to us and ask us to grow…

As a university professor that teaches graduate level group therapy courses for counselors in training, I explicitly know how important group therapy is as an adjunct for individual healing and growth.

It’s theoretically obvious how powerful and life-changing therapeutic groups can be for those who are ready to take their growth to the next level as I see both my students and clients that I work with, grow as they face the dynamics that come up in group work .

I know this professionally, but most importantly, I know this on a personal level as well.

For as long back…

His Dark Materials, is a trilogy of fantasy novels, written by Phillip Pullman that follows the adventures of two pre-teens on their hunt for and occasional run from their parents.

Quite the delightful and fun read (think a mash-up between The Chronicles of Narnia and Madeline L’Engle’s a Wrinkle In Time) it attempts to tell the story of “becoming” and the rigorous and delicate process of growing up, while staying true to oneself.

It wasn’t until after finishing the series and binge watching the trilogy made for TV series, that it suddenly dawned on me why I enjoyed this story…

Did you know that one of the things that makes distress so uncomfortable is that many people do not know how to emotionally self-regulate themselves, in a way that is satisfying?

Unless you grew up with all sorts of emotional support around you that encouraged, not only the experiencing of true feelings, but also knew how to support you as you were moving through those feeling experiences, it’s likely that you’ve grown up to become an adult that has a difficult time knowing how to soothe yourself in satisfying ways.

I like to think of “emotional support” as anything…

I first heard this song almost ten years ago, at a public pool. It was on the loudspeaker and I was immediately drawn to the powerful musical score, the “rock” sound, electric guitars as well as the tempo of the song.


What was interesting about this experience was that at the time, there seemed to be “more” that was catching my attention, but I couldn’t place my finger on it immediately. I just knew that besides the music catching my ear, there was something else about that song that was important to me. …

TITLE = “Love, Sex, and Your Heart”

Ever had one of those books that you picked up, read a few sentences and then had to put back down again? This has been that book for me.

I recently learned about this particular book from one of my trainers and because I have read other books by Lowen and highly admire his work in bioenergetics, I immediately tracked down a copy and began reading.

Although a bit technical, his writing style unfolds in a simple and straightforward manner that simultaneously maps out the complex energetic process to this whole idea of…

Welcome to my monthly self-care “experiment”. I’m trying something a little new and I hope that over time, you’ll join me in this practice.

Each month, I plan to share with you an exercise that will help you deepen your understanding about places in your life where it’s time to emotionally grow. That is, if you want to.

The purpose of this practice is to give you an experiential way to build a deeper awareness around places that your aliveness gets stuck inside and needs your deep and loving attention to shift.

Head’s up though: don’t participate in these if…

TITLE = “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”

So, last month I talked about one of my favorite childhood books when I was a kid. This month, I want to share a little bit about one of my most favorite books I stumbled upon in my late teens, a book written by the same author who wrote Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

This book, Illusions, was an incredibly delightful story about reality and the illusions that we cling to in our interpretation of what reality is for each one of us. At the time, I didn’t quite have these words to…

Recently, something came together for me, in a piece of my own healing process actually, during which I connected some dots between now, present day, and my childhood, my past.

I was recalling how fond I was of the children’s book, A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, actually the whole series by Madeleine L’Engle, and just reflecting upon wondering why that was the case as a child.

The “why” behind things always fascinates me. I truly believe that there is a meaningful intention and purpose behind everything that we do, think, choose, feel, believe. I don’t believe in coincidence…

You know what I am looking the most forward to in 2021? It not being 2020.

I’m serious.

Because three-fourths of the year was spent in lock-down, I almost feel like 2020 didn’t even happen. Except that I know it did. I don’t know about you, but after a while, it all seemed to just start to blur together. And not always in a good way.

So, I’m excited about 2021 because it means that 2020 is over and we’ve all managed to survive this incredible year.

Who knew that we were going to have to live through a once-in-a-lifetime…

Kate Schroeder M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Specializing in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, through experiential therapy, creativity, the MBTI & Enneagram.

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