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Begin Your Healing Today

(949) 933-6103

Deborah Phillips, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist - LMFT52563


“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear,

but around in awareness.”

~James Thurber~

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Struggling with chronic unpleasant emotions, such as anger, depression, and anxiety, can be not only be detrimental to your relationships but also to your health. Such stressful emotions are taxing on your body, and especially your nervous system. Learning how to get a handle on such emotions can be one of the best things you could do for yourself.

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Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Together we can find constructive ways of managing these emotions.

If you worry about what might be

and wonder what might have been

you will ignore what is

Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand. Mindfulness is the practice of quieting the mind, focusing on the breath and relaxing the body. Then by turning your awareness inside, observing your thoughts and feelings you are able to identify triggers - you can choose to respond mindfully instead of reacting mindlessly. Over time, my clients have found that they can easily turn to mindfulness and meditation practices to sustain themselves between sessions and beyond the therapeutic relationship.

When you make the decision to let go of the past and to not worry about things that haven’t happened yet, you get to experience a paradigm shift in consciousness. You realize you are not losing anything. You are, in fact, gaining everything ~ things you never knew you had.