Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness & Change
Paraphrasing William James: The greatest discovery of our generation is that our brains are always changing and developing. You don't need to ask yourself "Can I change?," because your brain is already changing every single day. The vital question you need to ask yourself is "What am I strengthening today through attention and repetition?"
What you pay attention to along with the quality of your attention are, neuron by neuron and day by day, creating your reality, building and rebuilding the world you live in.
Many of the things you automatically and habitually pay attention to and invest your mental and emotional energy in were determined years ago and influenced by many factors. Even many of your emotions have been shaped by your past. That is not your fault. There is still time to wake up, look deeply into your own mind with kindness and start the journey of reshaping your responses to all the challenges life offers. Your freedom to wake up in any moment, notice what's happening, connect with what matters to you, and see what you truly need in this moment are keys to your liberation. You can build a more satisfying and fulfilling future by subtle shifts in how you experience the present moment. This process does not unfold through the accumulation of intellectual knowledge but through the embodied encounter with each living moment.
MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION TRAINING
I'm a certified MSC teacher. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is the ability to be present in the face of challenges, to support ourselves as we engage with our lives in the same way we would support a good friend.
I'm a Clinical Psychologist, trained and licensed in the USA, providing psychotherapy for adults in-person in Bangkok and online.I've been trained in and practiced from a variety of therapeutic approaches. But in fact, that's not very important.
I specialize in helping expats and humanitarian workers build resilience for challenging work. I have worked with expats and nationals in conflict and post-disaster zones. I also provide remote support to expats and national staff working for corporations, development agencies, and humanitarian responders.
TRAINING AND FACILITATION
I design and deliver high-impact training for a range of client organizations. I frequently facilitate trainings for corporate and humanitarian clients on resilience, adjusting to change, managing uncertainty, enhancing performance under stress, and other topics.
"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.
The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center."
Joseph Campbell, speaking at Esalen in 1983, describing part of the "hero's journey." He's describing where the Hero will find the treasure that is the goal of their quest. The treasure that the Hero has been searching for- it's waiting in the very place they fear to go.
I share this quote with you since I feel it captures two essential truths about our journey of growth and healing. First, whether it's through therapy or by other means, your quest to make your life meaningful and fulfilling is a heroic quest that exemplifies being human! Second, whatever you're seeking is already waiting for you, maybe even right in front of you and the journey leads into someplace you fear to tread. And it frequently turns out that you already have the resources you're been looking for. The treasure you're seeking outside yourself is already part of you but perhaps in some part of you you have disowned, forgotten or dislike... The way out is in!
Psychological Services International
9/3 Sukhumvit Rd soi 43
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 (0) 2-259-1467
Until further notice, I'm not accepting new clients for individual therapy. My courses are open for registration! You can reach me through PSI- when you call PSI, your message will be recorded by our confidential messaging system and a professional will return your call as soon as possible, usually within a few hours