Rooted & Grounded


Choosing: The One Thing Your Practice Needs

I'm currently sitting at home, waiting for the dishwasher repair technician to show up and fix the magical appliance that cuts down my kitchen work (and why we think that giving "windows of time" makes the waiting easier, I have no idea, but that's a different topic).  If I had the tools and the knowledge to fix my own machines, I would do that in a second as opposed to putting myself at the mercy of someone I don't know from the hours of 12-5pm.

 

As a clinician in private practice, I have often found myself in a very similar place:  waiting for that next magic training or webinar or conference or coach, to come to me and "fix" my practice.  Sometimes I even have the tools and the knowledge I need, but I set them on the figurative (or even literal) shelf and let my practice go on in a less-than-ideal way.

 

But that is how our world operates today, especially when we see ads like this one:

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Creativity | It's a Family Affair

Making Space for Creativity

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Creativity | An Inside Job

What does creativity look like for you?

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Swimming Upstream (for us as couples)

A little relationship refreshment

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Swimming Upstream (for us as families)

A little reminder to return to our family

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Swimming Upstream (for us as individuals)

A little Life Renewal

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Q&A: Talking with kids about tragedy

My kids have been seeing and hearing a lot about the recent tragedies in our country and around the world, and they’ve been asking a lot of “Why?” I don’t want to say the wrong thing or tell them too much or too little. How do I answer their questions?

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Our Blue Print: How do we get unstuck? (Part 2)

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples, families and helping professionals.

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Our Blue Print: How do we get unstuck?

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples, families and helping professionals.

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Q&A: "We're stuck."

Q:  Why is it so hard for my partner to understand me?  I think I’m pretty good at communicating, but I just can’t seem to get through to him.  He thinks I’m too emotional or I’m just making a big deal out of nothing, and that makes me even more upset.  How do I get through to him?

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Tools for Helping Professionals: How to Get Unstuck with Clients

I want to offer some simple, helpful tools to support you as you rebuild your practice.

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Our Blue Print: As Helping Professionals, Why We Get Stuck

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples, families and helping professionals.

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Q&A: I'm a helping professional and I'm feeling stuck.

Q: I am a helping professional and I am feeling really stuck in my work with my clients. Some days I’m motivated and energized to help people, and other days I am exhausted and drained and have little compassion. And then other days I just wonder if the work I’m doing is actually making a difference in my clients’ lives. I feel awful admitting all of this, but it’s the truth.

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Our Blue Print: Getting on The Same Parenting Page (Part 2)

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples and families.

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Our Blue Print: Getting on The Same Parenting Page (Part 1)

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples and families.

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Q&A: How do we get on the same parenting page?

My partner and I cannot get on the same page about parenting.  I think my partner is just too hard on our kids.  I’m not about throwing away all of the rules, but sometimes I think it’s ok to figure out how they’re feeling or not make a big deal of things rather than come down hard.  How can we get on the same page?

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Tools for Divorcing Families

I want to offer some simple, helpful tools to support you as you rebuild your home.

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Our Blue Print:  A Divorce Narrative

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples and families.

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Q&A:  How do we tell our kids we're getting a divorce?

We’re getting a divorce and we haven’t told our kids yet. When should we do that? And better yet: how should we do that?

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Tools for Making Therapy Worthwhile

I want to offer some simple, helpful tools to support you as you rebuild your home.

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Our Blue Print:  Factors That Affect Therapy

Every month, I want to share a bit of the "blue print" that I use with individuals, couples and families.  

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Q&A:  Why does therapy seem to take so long?

Every month, I want to take some time to respond to a real, honest and authentic question that I have heard in my work with individuals, couples or families.  My hope is that reading these questions and responses will give you encouragement for your own situation and reassurance that you are not alone. 

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New Blog Post:  Helping Professionals | The One Thing Your Practice Needs

 

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 Nourish:  Essential + Intentional Gatherings for Women

Holiday Workshop at  HATCHED Collective

Thursday, November 29th, 6:30-8:30pm

 

Join us for an evening of Sacred Wreath Making.  Take time away from the crazy to get in touch with your real intentions for the holidays, and create a gorgeous holiday wreath to serve as a touchstone for those intentions.  Enjoy cozy refreshments and craft alongside a wonderful group of women.  Sign up today!


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Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(MFC#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  92108

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com