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When Your Belieber Becomes a Griever

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Bieber Fever: it’s real.

Justin Bieber. As an adult, I’m sure those two, small words elicit eye-rolling, maybe rubbing your temples and exhaling deeply. As a small child, those two words bring about an entirely different reaction – Bieber Fever, supposedly the most contagious disease of our time. But don’t panic! A simple Google search will reveal some extraordinary news – Bieber Fever is dying out.

Okay, stop cheering. No, really. Focus. We’re about to get serious.

While this may be fantabulous news for the adult population, little ones are grieving the loss of their supreme Biebs. You’re probably thinking, “What is this girl talking about? It’s just a celebrity! My kid will find someone more tolerable to idolize.”

While those are very accurate statements, think back to when you were a kid. If I had known what the Spice Girls and Britney Spears (yes, I’m a 90s kid) were doing at all times– poor choices included – I would have been devastated!! I wanted to be friends with them; they were the coolest people I could ever imagine. Assuming they were making poor choices, and had their choices been publicized as JB’s are, there’s no way I would have been allowed to continue to listen to their music and buy their products. Part of me would have felt betrayed – how could someone I care about and look up to who was so cool yesterday be so horrible today? And frankly, that would have sucked. Read More…

What is Aromatherapy?

Relax. Breathe. Repeat.

Relax. Breathe. Repeat.

For some, the term, “aromatherapy,” conjures up images of soothing spas, Zen gardens, waterfalls, and jasmine blowing in the breeze. For others, aromatherapy sounds like hokum along the lines of healing magic crystals. Here at Sanctuary Counseling, people often ask us, “Just what is aromatherapy and why do you do it?”

Aromatherapy isn’t…

So first, let’s talk about what aromatherapy isn’t. Aromatherapy isn’t a magic cure for … well, anything. But that makes sense, considering nothing is a magic cure for what ails us. Aromatherapy won’t heal wounds, physical or emotional, and it isn’t a replacement for doing the important work of intensive therapy.

Aromatherapy is…

Aromatherapy is a tool, just like any other relaxation technique. It’s one more thing to load into your self-care toolbox to help you along your life’s journey. Many clients here at Sanctuary enjoy having their choice of scent in their therapy space. People report that it helps them relax and be more present with the work. Why? Well, simple. Think about a place you enjoy being. The beach at sunset, the woods on a dewy morning, or the kitchen with your favorite dishes on the stove and in the oven. Take a moment to close your eyes and really picture being there. Read More…

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