Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Kate's Interview with the Art Therapy Association of Colorado

I was honored to be featured with the Colorado Art Therapy Association as their art therapist spotlight for the Summer 2020.

Please click here to read the interview.

Monday, June 29, 2020

I Will Come the Rest of the Way

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Brene Brown's "Unlocking Us" today. The episode was the second in a two-part interview with Dr Harriet Learner, a well-known psychologist who studies relationships. These two episodes are focused on the topic of apologizing, and it was a profound and insightful listening experience for me. At the end of the second episode Dr Learner and Brene Brown share a Hebrew parable that brought shivers down my spine. I wanted to share my paraphrasing of this parable with you as an example of an authentic, heartfelt, and deeply meaningful apology between a father and his son:

A King became angry with his son and banished him from the kingdom. After years of estrangement the King’s heart softened and he sent his soldiers to find his son and ask him to return home. After their journey the soldiers returned to the king and said the son refused to return, as he was still so hurt and bitter about what happened. The King sent his soldiers back to his son with a new message: “Return as far as you can, and I will come the rest of the way to meet you."

Now that, folks, is the way repair happens. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Resources from blogger Mark Manson to cope with pain

I love Mark Manson's perspective on the world. A client of mine once described him as "dark zen" which was such a great description of him. During this insane Covid Crisis our world is immersed in right now this particular article written by Mr. Manson seemed like it might be helpful.  It shares six books that Mark thinks will help you grow from your pain. Enjoy! Click here to read Mark Manson's article

Friday, March 20, 2020

Kate's Playlists!

These are strange, scary, uncertain times, my friends. The world is spinning and whirling in a collective panic, and it takes great intention to not get pulled into the collective anxiety right now.

One way I am keeping myself in my own body, in my own experience is music. I am aware that I expose some vulnerability by sharing my playlist with you, but at the risk of your judging my taste in music here it is:

Well wishes to each and every one of you. We will get through this difficult time. We are all in this together. With love from Kate

This is the play list I ski to, dance to, cook to...whenever I need some energy I listen to this:
-The Best - Tina Turner
-Come Together - The Beatles
-Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
-Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
-American Woman - The Guess Who
-Brave- Sara Bareilles
-Get Lucky - Daft Punk
-Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists
-Dreamgirl - Dave Matthews
-Feel it Still - Portugal the Man
-Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
-Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
-My House - Flo Rida
-Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
-Walk this Way - Aerosmith
-Life is a Highway - Rascal Flats
-You Get What You Give - New Radicals
-Pumped up Kicks - Foster the People
-Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
-Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
-Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
-Good as Hell - Lizzo
-Pompeii - Bastille
-Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
-Kiss - Prince
-No Diggity - Blackstreet
-Ain't no Mountain High Enough - Luke Wade & Mia Z
-Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
-New Light - John Mayer
-Broken - Lovely the Band
-Titanium - David Guetta
-Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
-Night Moves - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
-Tidal Wave - Portugal. The Man
-You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
-Whatever it Takes - Imagine Dragons
-Footloose - Kenny Loggins
-You Still Touch Me - Sting
-Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
-Empire State of Mind - Jay Z & Alicia Keys
-Gold on the Ceiling- The Black Keys
-Burn the House Down - AJR
-We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
-Complainer - Cold War Kids
-BOOM - X Ambassadors
-Brick House - Commodores
-Go Easy - Matt Maeson
-Love Shack - The B-52's
-Gangnam Style - Psy
-Stay Human - Michael Franti
-The Joker - Steve Miller Band
-Highway to Hell - AC/DC
-Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
-Lo/Hi - The Black Keys
-100 Bad Days - AJR
-Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
-Wild Night - Van Morrison
-Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

This is a softer playlist that I like to relax to, wind down to...when I need solace or peace:
-Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay - Sara Bareilles
-Days Like This - Van Morrison
-Harvest Moon - Neil Young
-Titanium - Jasmine Thompson
-Willow - Helen Jane Long
-Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
-Dear Winter - AJR
-Honeybee - The Head and the Heart
-Keep Breathing - Ingrid Michaelson
-Forever Young - Rod Stewart
-Setting Sail - Gary Clark
-Gravity - John Mayer
-Free - Donnavon Frankenreiter
-Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
-She Used to be Mine - Sara Bareilles
-Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
-Love Letters - Aaron Zigman
-A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
-It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
-Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Jasmine Thompson
-River of Tears - Alessia Cara
-Lost Stars - Keira Knightely
-All of Me - Jasmine Thompson
-Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
-Stand By Me - Ben E. King
-Many the Miles - Sara Bareilles
-You Still Touch Me - Sting
-3x5 - John Mayer
-Passes - Helen Jane Long
-Better Together - Jack Johnson
-Have I told you Lately - Van Morrison
-Half of my Heart - John Mayer
-Let's Stay Together - Al Green
-Have I Told you Lately - Rod Stewart

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Educated (Book and Podcast)

Recommended by a very dear and wise family member, I recently read this book "Educated." I deeply appreciated the insightful and authentic perspective described by Tara Westover on how healing can look for individuals who had a difficult childhood. Though Ms Westover's particular story might feel unique to her own life, I believe the emotional undertones reflected throughout the book are widely experienced among many. I highly recommend this book as an eye-opener, compassion-cultivator, and learning experience in resiliency. 

If you like the book and want to know a bit more about the strong and resilient Tara Westover, you may want to check out her interview with Oprah on her Super Soul Conversations podcast. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"How Many Years Of Beauty Do I Have Left"

How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.
How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.

When you are 80 years old
and your beauty rises in ways
your cells cannot even imagine now
and your wild bones grow luminous and
ripe, having carried the weight
of a passionate life.

When your hair is aflame
with winter
and you have decades of
learning and leaving and loving
sewn into 
the corners of your eyes
and your children come home
to find their own history
in your face.

When you know what it feels like to fail
and have gained the 
to rise and rise and rise again.

When you can make your tea
on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon
and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating
beneath the cotton of your sweater.

Because your beauty began there
beneath the sweater and the skin,

This is when I will take you 
into my arms and coo
you've come so far.

I see you.
Your beauty is breathtaking.

~ Jeannette Encinias

[Image by Tony Cunha of Beatrice Wood. Found on The Cosmic Dancer]