The bruise under my toenail

The bruise under my toenail

By Paul Krauss MA LPC

As you can see in the picture, I have a bruise under my toenail. The marker of the bruise under my toenail is almost gone, and in a few weeks my nail will have grown and pushed the mark to an area where my toenail will eventually be clipped off, and with it—all evidence that it ever existed. Yet, six months ago this bruise was much closer to the skin on my right toe and it still hurt for, the original bruise showed up when I dropped a full 32-ounce metal water bottle on my big toe from about 5 feet in the air.

This painful bruise happened during one of the most stressful months of my life. I was so stressed that I walked out of a meeting, which I had scheduled (too late) to help me reduce my stress. Instead, everything just kept getting worse, because I was not prioritizing my health—I let stress creep up on me. Stress is the killer of joy, of calm, and of peace in our lives. Yet, it is inevitable that in my daily life, I will have stress and major life events that give me stress will come again. Stress in a part of life. However, it is important for me and for you to apply measures, each and every day to reduce stress. Getting back to the story: For me, moving across the country (again) and starting from scratch, was a perfect storm of stress factors, which caused me to have multiple anxiety attacks, doubt myself, and doubt my abilities.

My family, friends, and mentors told me “just take your time and take care of yourself…don’t overwork…believe in the long term goal you are working toward.” But yet, I couldn’t hear them. In fat, I believe my nervous system was deeply affected, and my inner confidence was off-kilter due to the biggest move (Phoenix to Grand Rapids) I’d had in nine years (Since I moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 2008) and I was determined to get everything in my life and business ready as fast as possible. As a result of this I stressed myself out by not taking care of myself, not resting, not reflecting, and running from place to place and conversation the conversation to the point where my functioning became somewhat impaired.

Eventually, I experienced what I thought I would never go through: “Burn out.” Me, burned out? No way! I was totally in denial for a few weeks! I mean, I have an entire 6 hour Continuing Education Course I wrote for Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family therapists about best practices in counseling and one of the sections is about “Self-care” and “Avoiding Burn Out.” I mean I preach this stuff! I had made it a point to live this stuff! I helped my clients with this very issue—yet I was experiencing a burn out from stress? This was an awful experience that I don’t wish on any person.

Burn out from stress is worse than you can imagine (if you haven’t had it). My body would not do what I asked it to do. I had little to no energy, yet I still had trouble sleeping. I was almost shaking at times when I would get stressed, and other times I couldn’t seem to move. My mind would not respond normally to almost anything—I was having trouble doing both complex and simple tasks for several weeks. I had never experienced anything like this in my life before. My creativity had vanished and I began to experience depression-like symptoms. It began to affect my personal relationships. That is when I knew something had to change. I sought help from multiple people in my life and from professionals. Within 4 weeks I was feeling better, but it took about 3 months until I felt normal again.

How many times do we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves through arbitrary goals that we set? How many times do we become fixated and worried about something that is only short-term issue? How often do we find ourselves rushing toward a goal and forgetting about the important journey of learning? How often do we find ourselves not trusting that if we are putting in effort, something will work out—even if it not what we originally tried for? Trust me, it is not worth sacrificing your health to move anywhere, set up anything, or meet any goal faster than the pace you naturally work. If you are going through a large transition, or wanting to work toward a goal, or just living your life and worrying a lot—it is important to get into a rhythm of giving yourself time and space to work to lower your stress level. Getting in a rhythm of “being” instead of always “doing” will help keep your stress level low, and thus you will be less susceptible to burnout, anxiety and depression.

be like a tree and defeat stress

  • Having a rhythm is not having a perfect schedule. Rhythms can be adjusted and goals can be reworked. If we stick to rigidly to a goal, we are missing the point and we are probably missing out on life. In fact, I make it a point to set a lot of goals, yet I am constantly adjusting and moving them to make way for the “flow” of life. Perfection will never be apart of nature. Look at the trees–they are beautiful the way they are, but their roots are not symmetrical, nor their foliage, nor their growth patterns–they are often shaped by their environment and the weather around them. If trees are too rigid and don’t bend from the wind, they may snap in half and die. Trees must bend and become “elastic” in the elements for their survival. If they impose a false sense of perfection on themselves, they will die. We too will always be imperfect (so will our schedules); we are part of nature too, if we accept this, life doesn’t get easier, but our reactions to life are certainly more balanced and helpful to us.

 

  • Make sure you insert spaces in your schedule to “just be”, or any spaces will get filled with something that you had not intended –tasks or mindless activity or social media or mindless TV—something will end up there, invited or not. People, media, tasks, are all vying for your time. The trick is that we want to be with the people that we have decided make up our family or close group of friends, we want to consume the “right media” (not just any media), we want to invest ourselves in meaningful tasks and work, just to name a few aspects of our focus. If we don’t put spaces in our schedules to reflect or “just be”, we will hardly grasp what the “right thing” is for us.

 

  • Find activities that reduce stressed, things you get “lost in” and make sure you have 1 or 2 activities in your life per week, if possible.
    • These activities could be almost anything, but some ideas I will suggest are exercise, walking in nature, mindfulness based stress reduction, reading, cooking, cleaning, meeting with certain friends, darts or bowling league, dancing, arts and crafts, social groups, discussion groups, having a favorite TV show or podcast that is engaging and not mindless, sports, getting involved in causes that you believe in, spiritual or religious activities, volunteering, helping others, spending time with animals, mentoring a child, etc.

If you have to make a large change in your life and your living environment, please allow yourself extra time to get done what you need to do (if possible), make sure that you do not give up your “self-care” activities, do not give up your time with your friends, helpers, or family, and do not put to much on your “to do list.”

Here’s to hoping that the next time you or I bruise our toenail, it is just an accident, and not because of a period of “burnout” caused by excessive stress that we could have avoided.

Take care of yourself. You are worth taking care of.

If you are finding yourself stressed out and not knowing what to do, call our office (Health for Life Grand Rapids) at 616-200-4433 and schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with one of our clinicians.

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine Feature 2018

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine Feature 2018.

Health for Life Grand Rapids was featured by Women’s Lifestyle Magazine on the local business beat in January 2018.

Discussed in the article was how Health for Life emerged in Grand Rapids, MI as an all-in-one clinic empowering the people of Grand Rapids to meet their health goals. Women’s Lifestyle Magazine discussed the array of services that Health for Life Grand Rapids offers including therapy and counseling services for Individuals, Families, and Couples, Naturopathic Medicine, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Health Coaching.

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine also featured a supplement created by Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA called “Antidepressant Companion”, currently in her line of Natural Mental Health Supplements. Health for Life Grand Rapids is proud to be a part of the Grand Rapids community.

If you have any questions you can call our office at 616-200-4433 or email us at [email protected] .

Read the full article here.

Thank you for reading.

Rewind, reset, and give yourself “permission” in the New Year!

How to rewind, reset, and give yourself “permission” in the New Year!

by Jen Belmonte, LMSW, CHC

It’s that time of year again!  Gym memberships significantly increase, families and individuals adopt healthier food choices, and many homes experience greater organization, cleaning, etc!

But how do we approach the New Year in a way to make fulfilling, sustainable changes?

As January approaches, it’s easy to become overzealous in our quest for personal growth and change; however, as mental health professionals, we’ve found that when individuals set lofty, tough-to-attain goals, the outcome is often feelings of defeat rather than fulfillment.

Here are a couple of recommendations I’d like to offer, in order to help the New Year be one of intention and fulfillment for you.

  1. Start saying NO.  In fact, try to say NO to more things (commitments, activities) than you say YES to!

As Dr. Edmund Bourne highlights in The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,

“Learning to say no requires a willingness to relinquish cherished beliefs about yourself—which can be one of the hardest things for anyone to do. This may involve expanding your identity beyond taking care of others, or taking care of business, and learning to take the time to nurture and attend to your own needs. It means accepting the reality that taking care of yourself—even at the expense of what you do for others—isn’t selfish. Can you really offer your best to others or your work if you are tired, stressed, or burned out?”

Our society today tends to normalize busy-ness…. at times, we may even obtain a significant amount of our self-worth from how full our calendar is.  Saying NO may seem strange, awkward, and uncomfortable at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will become!  Ask yourself a couple of questions before agreeing to a commitment…. First, is this what’s BEST for me right now?  In other words, am I likely to leave this encounter/activity feeling energized, or depleted?  Second, am I the best person to carry this out?  Stay true to who you are, and how you’re wired. For example, if your child’s school is looking for a volunteer to organize a fundraiser, and you know that you struggle in the areas of project management and philanthropy, saying NO to this will create and offer space for you to do things that align with your temperament and your own personal interests. Too often we agree to things from a sense of guilt or obligation, and in the end, no one wins when these are the motivators. At times, we need to give ourselves permission to say NO.

Another way to say NO is to create a NO-FLY zone for you and/or your family’s schedule. In other words, give yourself a “time-out.” Create some space/margin where you do not schedule anything. Maybe that means staying home on a Saturday morning or taking a raincheck on a dinner invitation. The art of quietness and rest has been lost, as individuals and families today are pulled in so many directions.

  1. Explore a practice such as meditation, mindfulness (check out mindful.org), or yoga to cultivate rest, optimism and intention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, learning relaxation techniques has many health benefits, including improving concentration and mood, improving quality of sleep, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion and maintaining normal blood sugar levels!

Practicing gratitude is another powerful factor in helping to alleviate stress. According to Harvard Medical School, practicing gratitude has consistently shown a correlation with greater feelings of happiness, ability to deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Cultivating gratitude can be done by keeping a gratitude journal, creating a gratitude jar, praying, and thanking individuals who’ve offered help and support.

  1. Consider investing in yourself with counseling and/or health coaching!

The road to self-care and personal growth can be lonely and challenging. The staff at Health for Life GR would be honored to partner with you in your personal, relational and health & wellness goals! In fact, Health For Life Grand Rapids’ Health Coaches, Nicole Vega and Jen Belmonte are offering a special discounted New Year’s rate! Please contact the office at 616.200.4433 for details!

Or email [email protected] and [email protected]

 

References:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, 6th edition, by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, New Harbinger Publications 2015

www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/relaxation-technique/art-20045368

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude

Set an intention for the New Year. That alone can be powerful!

New Year's Intentions. How to say no and give yourself permission.

Exclusive & Affordable Food Allergy Testing Now Available!

Exclusive & Affordable Food Allergy Testing

Now Available from Health for Life Grand Rapids.

Did you know that over 30% of adults and 40% of children suffer from food allergies?* Food allergies are the foundation for of symptoms related to your brain chemistry, immune system, hormones and more.

If you are suffering from any of the following, you should get your personalized Food Allergy test:

  • Symptoms related to brain & mood health: Anxiety, depression, sleeping issues, irritability, concentration issues, brain fog, ADD/ADHD and more.
  • Digestive and gut health symptoms: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • You have a history of: Congestion, post-nasal drip, asthma, itchy and watery eyes.
  • You have been told you are allergic to environmental allergens like mold, grass, animal dander, and others.
  • Symptoms affecting your immune system: Psoriasis, eczema, acne, colds, flus, respiratory tract infections and more.

Your gut health is the foundation of your immune health, brain health, and impacts your risk factor for acute and chronic diseases. If our gut is compromised and out of balance, than our entire system will be out of balance resulting in the symptoms listed above as well as many others.

Food allergies are foods that your body has become hypersensitive to. A well-known example of this is Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease where your immune system mounts a response against gluten and the small intestine. A celiac panel looks at immunoglobulin made by the immune system in affected individuals; similarly, a food allergy panel will look at immunoglobulin(s) compared against other types of foods that your body might be reacting to.

Because the health of the gut is the foundation for your entire body’s health, when the gut becomes damaged you will experience many other systemic symptoms, and the gut becomes a breeding ground for imbalances in the yeast and flora in your gut.

There are hundreds of dietary programs on the market. The problem with these programs is that every fad-diet assumes that every single person has the same dietary needs. These diets do not take your individual biochemical makeup into consideration. By looking at your unique biomarkers, we can discern what foods are good for you and what foods are not.

You can easily identify what foods you are allergic to and calculate if your candida is out of balance by simply by signing up today.

Because of our commitment to offering affordable health solutions to the larger community, we have deeply discounted food allergy and candida testing and the physician analysis and program creation.

Upon signing up, (1) we will send you your personalized Food Allergy Kit in the mail and give you the address of a lab where they will do a quick and easy blood draw. (1b) Your kit will contain all the materials you need, including overnight shipping.

(2) Once we have received your results (from the lab), one of our highly specialized doctors will analyze your results and (3) send you your personalized analysis and dietary plan.

( Program Value = $700 Dollars! Normal Cost= Comprehensive Food Allergy & Candida test: $325

Evaluation of results & dietary program development by doctor: $375 )

Health for Life Exclusive Rate:

Your Cost= ONLY $300 Dollars!

Get started today by clicking HERE!

To learn more you may call the Health For Life office at 616-200-4433.
You may also sign up by phone!

Food Allergy Testing Program Flyer (Downloadable)

 

Further Discussion:

An allergy is defined as a damaging response of the immune system to a substance, particularly a pollen, dander, food or dust. The person becomes hypersensitive to these, resulting in unwanted symptoms upon exposure. Your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked, in fact, 78% of your immune tissue is in your gut. The gut is the foundation for our immune response. If our gut is out of balance, our immune response will be out of balance. Allergies originate in dysfunction with the gut and a healthy gut is a safety buffer against allergies, and contrastingly, an unhealthy gut is the foundation of allergies (WebMD). To learn more about the relationship to the gut and the immune system, read the article published in Johns Hopkins Medicine Journal entitled: “The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet” by Helen Fields (2015).

*The statistic of 30% and 40% is derived from the aforementioned understanding of allergies starting in the gut.

The evidence is clear that the immune system is regulated by the gut and that allergies are a dysfunction in the immune system in response to an external substance (food, dust, etc). Allergies start in the gut and the treatment of allergies—even if the “symptom” is only seen with exposure to trees or grass, for example—must begin by addressing the gut health and the gut’s response to food.

The challenge is that many allergists are not yet testing gut health. Partly this is because of the systems-based nature of our health care system. Psychiatrists only look at the brain, gastroenterologists only look at the gut. Allergists do IGE (immediate anaphylaxis) testing, and unfortunately this results in many people not identifying the root cause which may be an IGG response to a food they are eating, which causes an immune cascade and therefore reactivity to their environment.

You can learn more from Dr. Nicole Cain’s research on the gut-brain axis at www.GutPsychology.com .

 References:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20041223/healthy-gut-may-resist-allergies-asthma

Cultivating a Therapeutic Relationship with Your Mind and Body

Cultivating a Therapeutic Relationship with Your Mind and Body

[Episode 12 of The Intentional Clinician]

Paul Krauss, MA LPC is a therapist at Health for Life Grand Rapids and the host of the Intentional Clinician Podcast. In this episode, Paul Krauss interviews the creator of the app MetaFi, Benjamin Reisterer, LPC.  Together they discuss learning to create a therapeutic relationship with one’s mind and body, learning about our behaviors and what they mean, how to regulate our emotions and how all of this can lead to healing and transformation. Paul and Ben also discuss how a healthy therapist-client relationship can positively affect therapy outcomes and client satisfaction. Also discussed:  Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy method (created by Diana Fosha, PhD), utilizing the APP called Metafi to improve emotional awareness in both mind and body. Further, Paul and Ben talk about personal healing through therapy, and the practices of mindfulness and yoga. Many modern biological, neurological, and psychological studies demonstrate how these practices along with education about emotional well-being and regulation can improve overall wellbeing.

Correction: In this episode Paul references “Episode 2” as the episode that talks about the research about counseling. That is incorrect, it is actually Episode #3: http://paulkrauss.podbean.com/e/counseling-is-an-effective-form-of-treatment-episode-3/

Benjamin Reisterer is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan. Ben has a Ben is the founder and creator of MetaFi, an Android and iOS app designed to help promote mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and body awareness. Ben is U.S. Navy SeaBee veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Ben takes a holistic approach to the work of counseling and strives to hold a space where emotions, symptoms, and thoughts can be safely and curiously explored as he believes they hold messages meant to be acknowledged, understood, and integrated. You can check out more about Ben here: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Benjamin_Reisterer_MA,LPC_Grand+Rapids_Michigan_206353

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the host of the Intentional Clinician, a public speaker, trainer (for large behavioral health agencies), a counseling supervisor, and counselor living in Grand Rapids, MI. Paul also maintains his counseling license in the state of Arizona where he often gives presentations for counselors looking to maintain their continuing education. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, located on 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Check out the webpage https://www.healthforlifegr.com/  Learn more about Paul http://www.paulkrausscounseling.com/ Paul enjoys email, [email protected]

Original music, used with permission:

“Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

May You Be Born On Anarres” [Instrumental] from Music for Public Televisionby ttypes

Music available here:

https://ttttypes.bandcamp.com/

http://ttypesmusic.com/ttypes.html

https://pawl.bandcamp.com/

A Holiday Self-Care Guide

A Holiday Self-Care Guide

by Billie Walters, LMSW

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead can help reduce the amount of stress you may experience during the holiday season. Some things you can do to plan ahead: Shop early for gifts, goodies or meals; make lists to organize and prioritize your “to do”; communicate with family and friends so that everyone is on the same page.

Be Realistic

Set realistic goals, ditch the perfectionism, do what is within your ability, say NO and don’t compare yourself to others. It is understandable to have visions of what you want your holidays to look like and every advertiser in the country is ready to help you achieve your dream. Nevertheless, your peace of mind rests solely on your ability to let go of the ideal and accept the reality. Do what is within your means on all levels; financially, physically and emotionally. When you feel that you are being asked to do something that is outside of your ability, comfort zone, means or whatever you want to call it, just say NO. Also, remember that life is not a competition, live yours for you.

Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the ability to take the compassion you normally have for others and turn it inward. We are human beings who make mistakes so forgive yourself, do not isolate and remember that you are part of a shared human experience. For more on self-compassion, to test your level of self-compassion and find exercises, go to www.selfcompassion.org.

Use Moderation – With Everything

As a culture, we tend to overindulge during the holiday season and this can lead to physical symptoms as well as emotional drain. Practice moderation when consuming alcohol or foods high in sugar and saturated fats. Set a budget for you gift buying and stay within your limits when purchasing this season – this can be extended to all purchasing during this time as we are lead to believe that we won’t experience savings any other time of the year. Use moderation when cooking and even decorating your home. While it can be satisfying to get in the spirit of the holidays, everything you do takes energy and your energy can be conserved by using moderation.

Practice Gratitude

One of the main ingredients in creating your own happiness is gratitude. It is popular to count our blessings on Thanksgiving but being thankful beyond Thanksgiving can give us a boost to our mood. Some ways to practice gratitude are writing a gratitude journal, going for gratitude walks, sending a thank you to someone who has been a positive influence in your life and just saying “thank you”.

Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can be your calm in the holiday storm. You do not need to take up a strict meditation practice (although that could be helpful) but here are some tips to help you lessen your risk of anxiety during these busy times. Be present – be in the present moment and focus on what you are doing and who you are with, limit distracting thoughts. Let go of judgment – being in the moment can lead you to notice things that may not be pleasant. Let go of how you feel about it and accept that it is. If you are in a long line at the mall, you may notice that someone is wearing strong perfume. Notice the smell and accept that it is strong without judging the experience. Also, limit your distractions – it is so easy to distract ourselves with technology or thoughts of things that we have no control over. Set limits for yourself and if you notice that you are getting distracted, stop the thoughts or the technology and get to your to-do list or join in with conversations that may be taking place around you.

Ask for Help

You can follow these steps to help reduce holiday stress and anxiety this season; but if you notice that you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You can talk to a trusted friend or relative or contact our office to make an appointment to talk to one of our therapists or doctors. Billie Walters is an expert on learning to practice self-care methods. You can call Billie Walters for a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation at 616-258-6419. Learn more about Billie here and here .

Are you ready to Quit Smoking?

Quit Smoking for good at Health for Life Grand Rapids

Even if you’ve smoked forever…

Even if you’ve tried to quit a million times…

Even if you enjoy smoking…

You can quit.

Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective method for quitting. No gum, patches,

or prescription medications required.

Clients who use hypnosis to quit tend to experience fewer withdrawal symptoms

and begin their smoke-free life motivated to making healthy choices!

The Great American SmokeOut is November 16th!

To quit smoking, contact Stacey PreFontaine CMS-CHt, FIBH

at Health for Life Grand Rapids.

Call Stacey directly at 616-828-2153.

Or email Stacey at : [email protected] 

 

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.1

In 2015, about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1%) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes.2 More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.2

Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9%) in 2005 to about 15 of every 100 adults (15.1%) in 2015.2

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/index.htm

“If there’s everything all health professionals agree on, it’s this: put down the smokes, any way you can, no matter how silly you feel about being hypnotized or obsessively chewing Juicy Fruit or starting talk therapy with a counselor. Don’t feel foolish if you start describing yourself as “smober,” as some NicA members do. It may be corny, but getting sober while continuing to smoke is tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic: a nice way to relieve stress in the moment but an activity that’s still going to take you down.”

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/11/hypnosis-quit-smoking_n_1248444.html

quit smoking with hypnotherapy at health for life grand rapids

Buddhist Psychology as a Science of the Mind

Buddhist Psychology as a Science of the Mind [Episode 11 of the Intentional Clinician podcast]

In this episode Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Sivie Suckerman, MA LMHC about Buddhist Psychology as a philosophy, a science of the mind, and its various clinical and life applications. Paul and Sivie discuss the universal teachings of Buddhist Psychology in a way that is accessible (and non-threatening) to anyone, no matter their background, culture, or religion (or non-religion). Sivie and Paul discuss the differences between “regular mindfulness” and utilizing mindfulness exercises along with Buddhist Psychology. True to the Intentional Clinician, there are many details about how utilizing the concepts from Buddhist Psychology in counseling can help with anxiety, depression, and more.

Sivie Suckerman MA LMHC received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and has practiced in community mental health, crisis services, school-based mental health, residential, and women’s health agencies. Currently, Sivie has a full time private practice in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle and has been in private practice for 3 and a half years. She is also a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor and Level II Little Flower Yoga Teacher. In addition, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting with an emphasis in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in 1998. Learn more here: http://www.siviesuckerman.com/

You can subscribe to the Intentional Clinician on itunes or though podbean.

Paul Krauss MA LPC practices counseling and is a counseling supervisor in Grand Rapids, MI. Paul has his private psychotherapy practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, located on 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Check out his clinic which features himself and many gifted clinicians (each with their own specialty). If you or someone you know is in need or just wants to give counseling a try– call Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Here is Paul’s email: [email protected]

Learn more at www.paulkrausscounseling.com and www.counselingsupervisorgr.com and www.grandrapidscounselor.com

Original music, used with permission:

“Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL

“The Twin” from Archetypes by PAWL

“Moment in the Sun” from Archetypes by PAWL

http://pawl.bandcamp.com

Poetry Changes Everything

Poetry Changes Everything [Episode 10 of the Intentional Clinician]

In this episode, I interview Marcel “Fable” Price, the current Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. We discuss poetry and the transformative act of writing and self-expression. We talk about how participating in a live poetry event can be helpful for people of all ages. Fable and I discuss our current “superconnected” internet culture and how overuse of the internet can lead to “disconnection” and how putting down your phone and picking up a pen and paper can help people struggling with mental illness. In addition, getting out of your domicile and going to an open mic or live poetry can be a way to sublimate your pain and difficulties into art. We discuss Fable’s journey from a difficult time in his life into his love for writing, poetry, spoken word and hip hop–and how poetry is now actually his job. All of this and much more is discussed in this episode:

Marcel “Fable” Price. Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan. Author of “Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s” Fable is a Bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, spoken word poet, and motivational speaker. Fable The Poet is highly noted for his work with the youth; spreading Mental Health Awareness using his own stories to consume the audience. “At times, we all feel fragile. We are paper boats entertaining the waves of life.” He is an official partner of Mental Health America and is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered. Buckle up, prepare to make a new friend, and enjoy the ride.

Contact/Booking:

[email protected]

www.MindOfFable.com

Follow the journey:

www.Facebook.com/FableThePoet

www.Instagram.com/FableIsTruth

www.Soundcloud.com/FableThePoet 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBeJAFB2QHc&list=PL9PRbKuiwI0NzJnIutrNmJwX5ZV5Y4alO&index=2

If you like the intentional clinician podcast, you can subscribe on itunes or through podbean.

Paul practices counseling in Grand Rapids, MI. Paul has his private practice at Health for Life Grand Rapids, located on 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C. Grand Rapids, MI 49546. You can reach Paul at 616-365-5530 (direct), or at the office 616-200-4433. Here is Paul’s email: [email protected]

Learn more at www.paulkrausscounseling.com and www.counselingsupervisorgr.com and www.grandrapidscounselor.com

Stay tuned for more intentional clinician episodes. Feel free to send in show topic requests. Thank you for listening. -Paul Krauss MA LPC

And if you are in the Grand Rapids area, check out Fable the Poet performing live!

Fabel the Poet of Grand Rapids, MI

A Naturopathic Medicine Overview

A Naturopathic Medicine Overview

by Dr. Shannon Bennett, ND

We want to offer a brief overview of what Naturopathic Medicine is all about, why it is a vital integrative approach, and how to describe it to your friends and family asking, “What are you doing that’s making such a difference?” 

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary care healthcare thats foundation lies in natural, effective and safe therapies for prevention and treatment. With these therapies Naturopathic Physicians utilize the body’s self-healing capabilities. That’s right, your own body can heal itself when put in an optimal environment to do its own thing, a little principle we Naturopathic physicians like to call, “Vix Maticatrix Naturae,” or The Healing Power of Nature. In our extensive medical training, we acknowledge this innate ability of the body and we strive to enhance it within you, our patients.

Licensed Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) combine modern science and western medicine with the traditional healing methods of traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and botanicals to treat the person sitting right in front of us, not just the symptoms. In fact, ND’s approach towards healing is a bottom up view, rather than top down, showing that getting to the root cause of your concerns will create a ripple effect and lead to the elimination of your symptoms. When we go after the symptoms alone, without really addressing the underlying reason they are present, we often won’t have lasting results. Our symptoms are clues about what is going on at a deeper level. If we pacify them, (say an anti-cough medicine for a cough), we are only suppressing disease and simply hoping for the best. You deserve true healing and restoration, not a band aid.  

But what does that mean, exactly? Well, as ND’s pride themselves on individualized care, it differs for each patient case. However, we have a system that directs the treatment to provide the most benefit with the least risk called the Therapeutic Order. This was developed by Drs. Jared Zeff, Pamela Snider, and Stephen Myers to assists ND’s in unearthing the root causes of illness, develop foundations for health and create lasting healing.

       the therapeutic order of Naturopathic Medicine

  1. Remove Obstacles to Health
  2. Stimulate the Vis
  3. Strengthen Weakened Systems
  4. Correct Structural Integrity
  5. Use Natural Substances to Restore and Regenerate
  6. Use Pharmacologic Substances to Halt Progressive Pathology
  7. Use High Force, Invasive Modalities: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy

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So, what guides Naturopathic Medicine and all of its students, educators, researchers and licensed physicians to uphold the prestigious honor of being a crucial medical profession? The six (sometimes 7) Principles of Naturopathic Medicine. These are echoed at every graduation of the 7 Accredited Naturopathic Programs Across 8 North American Campuses.

  1.     Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature
  2.     Tolle Causam – Identify and Treat The Cause
  3.     Primum No Nocere – First, Do No Harm
  4.     In Perturbato Animo Sicut In Corpore Sanitas Esse Non Potest – Treat The Whole Person
  5.     Docere – Physician as Teacher
  6.     Principiis Obsta: Sero Medicina Curatur – Prevention
  7.     BONUS : Physician Heal Thyself – We recognize that we cannot help facilitate your healing process if we do not first heal within ourselves.

Now, when you come in to see our Naturopathic Physicians at Health For Life, you will have a better understanding of what to expect and why they take more than the standard amount of time to get to know you. With the confidence of knowing what we do and how we do it, you can trust you will find successful healing with us.

Learn more about Dr. Shannon Bennett, ND.

You can make an appointment with Dr. Shannon Bennett, ND by calling her direct line 616-606-0050 or the main office 616-200-4433 .

Dr. Shannon Bennett, ND is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician (Arizona License) who provides expert education and consulting in Grand Rapids, MI.

Dr. Shannon Bennett, ND works alongside Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA who practices in Grand Rapids, MI and also several months of the year in Scottsdale, AZ as well.

Dr. Shannon Bennett is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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