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Holiday Tips

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Holiday Tips: Less stress now, Less Regrets later

 

1. Take time to sit down with your family to discuss the real meaning of Christmas for you and your family. What does Christmas mean to us individually and as a family? How can we have happy, healthy and safe holiday? What/who do we need to say "no" to? What are our boundaries and limits? How do I want to act during the holidays? What spiritual theme can we practice? How does our family celebrate the true meaning of Christmas? What are our traditions? What do we want to remember about Christmas when we look back? How can we bring more peace and joy into our lives, our homes, our families, our schools and neighborhoods and of course, the world.

2. Money: People tend overspend for gifts and holidays preparations. Plan a budget and stick to it. Spend within your means. Honor your limits. Be creative. Give your time, blessings, prayers, energy, and attention as a gift to someone. Write Christmas love and validation letters to people who are special in your life. Bring your gift list with you when you go shopping. Be honest with yourself about what you can really afford. Don't compare yourself to others. Practice gratitude during this hectic season. Do we really need more or do we just want more?

3. Food: People tend to overindulge and go crazy on food during the holidays. You don't need to overdue it with carbs and sweets. You can say no. You know you will regret it. Try to keep up your regular self-care routine as difficult as it may be. Make some healthy veggie dishes, soups and salads, you can enjoy eating at parties. Reframe: Less is best! It's not deprivation to not stuff yourself or have cake and more cookies. It's making a healthy decision for your body that you can feel good about.

4. Stress: Holidays are very stressful. There is so much pressure to host dinners, travel, spend, eat, find the right gift and to deal with dysfunctional family members. Manage your stress level with good self-care. Take time to rest, breathe, relax.Help your children manage their stress. Malls can be an energy drain. Plan to go shopping when the stores are the least busy. Make honest decisions about how you want to spend the holidays. Ask yourself: Do I really have the time, money, energy and desire to do this? People pleasing adds a lot of stress to the holidays. You can only do your best and then let the rest go. Progress not perfection.

5. Parties: People end to drink way too much during the holidays. If you are in recovery and don't drink, stay close to your sober friends and meetings. Follow suggestions on how to deal with situations where alcohol will be served.

If you do drink, stay safe. The legal limit is .08 for driving your car. Don't drink and drive. Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Ask for a ride, call cab, take public transportation. Remember alcohol is only a stimulant after the first drink, then it is a depressant.

Underage drinking is against the law but teens need to be able to call their parents for a ride if they get into a situation involving alcohol. Be safe!!

6. Holiday Traffic: People tend to get irritated and angry about lines, traffic, crowds and at the store employees. Expect more people everywhere during the holiday. Accept things will take more time than usual.Try to be kind, compassionate and patient with yourself and others.

 

Peace,

Maria

 

AMETHYST BIOMAT & HYPNOSIS SESSION GIFT CERTIFICATE

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

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* A new relationship

 

* More fulfilling career

 

* Insight into their intuitive and spiritual gifts

 

* Better health

 

* Guidance for their spiritual path

 

* Past life regression

 

* To meet and get to know their inner Wisdom to take their life to the next level of love and empowerment

 

* An AMAZING 2014!!!

 

Give the most meaningful gift you can give to someone you love (or to yourself)!

 

Purchase an AMETHYST BIOMAT & HYPNOSIS SESSION GIFT CERTIFICATE for the holidays!!

 

Parenting in a New Age

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Reach out to Parents:

 

Many parents are very frustrated by technology and its impact on their children. Computers, cellphones, texting, games, face time, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pintrest seem to be dominating our children's lives. As a mother of an adolescent and a therapist who works with teens, I get to hear how much kids love their parents and need them to be more involved in their lives. Many kids long for a deeper connection with their parents. Even with all this technology, teens admit they are lonely. Teens want to share more about themselves with their parents but they worry about stressing them out. No matter what it seems like on the outside, you children need you, love you and want to spend time with you. Children know adults spend time on things that are important such as work, chores and financial matters. You have the power to make your children feel so special by giving them your time and attention. Even though they turn to Google or their friends, parents are still the number one influence in a child's life. Don't be fooled by their preoccupation with technology, their awkwardness around adults and their rejection of your opinion or values .

Neither technology nor their friends can take the place of you in their hearts and lives. Don't be afraid to be a parent. Don't be intimidated by technology and the amount of information kids have today. You can be curious about it. Ask your children questions. Be open to learn about their techo-world. It may be our own learning curve with fast paced technology we are frustrated with.

Your kids need you to parent them which involves boundaries and limits setting along with your love. Make time for your kids, to listen to them and to hold the space for their feelings, questions and concerns. They may want to know what everyone else thinks about a particular topic but your opinion carries the most weight. It is a different world we live in, so we need to parent in a way that meets their needs. Some of those needs may be different from when we grew up in a non-techno world. However, the need for love, fresh air, adventures, nature, play, fun, guidance, support, safety, emotional presence, boundaries and limit setting are universal to all children.

It is true our kids are wired differently. I believe this technology is getting them ready to create a fabulous world beyond our wildest dreams. It's all good!

 

Transformational Retreat for Women-12 Step Women's Retreat~

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

This two day~Transformational Retreat for Women is part one of a three part series of 12 step retreats. Our vision is to provide a sacred space for women in 12 step recovery programs to work the steps and move toward a spiritual awakening. 

Fall~ Part One: Steps 1 through 5 {September 21-22}

Spring~ Part Two: Steps 6 through 9 {March}

Summer~ Part Three: Steps 10 through 12 {June}

We welcomes women from all 12 step programs recovering from alcohol, drugs, gambling,  sex and love addiction, codependency, food issues, compulsive debting and underacheiving, etc. Each and every woman’s spiritual beliefs will be honored and celebrated. We will be following the basic spiritual guidelines in the AA Twelve & Twelve and the AA Big Book and we will be pulling from many other spiritual resources.

If you want to be more grounded in your recovery, develop your spiritual life and make peace with the past- a future of limitless possibilities awaits you.

This weekend, we will help you uncover the ability to engage in a spiritual process of self-discovery through completing Steps 1-5. This workshop will help you to:

Cultivate a relationship between you and your Higher Power to discover your true magnificence and live a more serene life.

Dig your hands into the rich soil of the 12 steps and discover the potent seeds of the person you were most meant to be.

Practice tools and methods that can positively alter your life as you move from shame to compassion, fear to courage, isolation to connectedness  and limitation to freedom.

Experience the power of full self-expression, speaking your truth, and releasing the past as you live more fully in the present as you unleash your passion and realize “The Promises” in your life.

After this workshop, a new reality will emerge in your life that will alter the way you feel about yourself and the world around you.

 

We made some location changes for the retreat. We found another location that would include lodging.

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Dates: September 21 & 22, 2013~ Saturday and Sunday

Times: We begin 9:30 on Saturday for registration and breakfast buffet and the retreat ends on Sunday around 4pm.

Location: Voluntown, Ct Peace Trust which is right on the Ct./RI border.

www.voluntownpeacetrust.org/

 

Option 1: Cabin Fee: $225.00

This includes your registration for the retreat, cabin lodging along with healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and Saturday night dinner.

 

Option 2: Tent Fee: 15% discount $192.00

Campers you can save$$. You can pitch your own tent and this would include your registration for the retreat, healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and Saturday night dinner.

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Facilitator: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP, Holistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, and Co-founder of Healing Arts, LLC.

Maria is in her own recovery process and recently celebrated 37 years sober and clean. She shares her experience, strength and hope from several 12 step fellowships. She understands addiction from a personal and family experience along with her professional training. Maria specializes in addiction, trauma, and recovery issues. She believes long term recovery is possible when the needs of the whole person -body, mind and spirit- are met.

Co-facilitator: Denise Roberge, BA, CRP, Licensed Ordained Metaphysical Minister, and Founder of The Metaphysical Network.

Denise has over 23 years clean and sober, and has experience in several 12 step fellowships. Denise’s professional experience includes working in the substance abuse field. Denise is an empath, spiritual intuitive, energy practitioner, and holistic educator. Her experience with Metaphysics and her own spiritual journey has brought her to the understanding of the importance of spirituality in recovery. She has been teaching meditation and other spiritual topics for over 25 years. For more information on Denise, go to www.onemindspiritualguidance.net.

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Space is limited and the retreat tends to fill up quickly.  $100.00 deposit is due by August 21, 2013. Balance is due upon arrival at the retreat. You will receive a confirmation and an application in the mail. HealingArts, 1130 Ten Rod Rd., Building F Suite 207, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Scholarships are available. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

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August 2013

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Some of the Highlights of 2013

We are celebrating an anniversary. We have been in our new office in the Meadows Professional Office Park in North Kingstown for the past 2 years.

Frank is attending the CAGS program at RIC to obtain his LMHC which will allow him to accept BCBS in the near future. I'm very proud of him and his incredible accomplishments. I look forward to his graduation which is coming up soon. In addition to providing individual counseling in North Kingstown, Frank continues to work with adolescents in an alternative high school in Providence. He also facilitates an Anger Management group at the Silver Lake Community Center in Providence. We now have an ongoing Substance Abuse Education Group.

Congratulations to Frank who is a poet!!  His poem was chosen by an local artist to collaborate on a piece of artwork which is now on exhibit at the Wickkford Art Association until August 26th.

We provide a monthly Life Coaching workshop: Vision Map Process which is well attended by a core group of women. We are facilitating a 12 Step Women's Retreat on September 21& 22 in Voluntown, Ct. and Developing Conscious Relationships on October 26 & 27.

I continue to use EMDR in my practice with my clients and I'm getting amazing results. I joined an EMDR supervision group. I received my Hypnotherapy Certification. As a DOT qualified SAP, I worked effectively with people who needed substance abuse counseling and treatment. As professional interventionists, we were able to help several families learn more about substance abuse and help their loved one get into treatment.

As therapists, we believe in doing our own work. This summer, we were invited by our spiritual teachers to go on another shamanic journey in the Amazon Jungle for 12 days. It was life changing for me.

We are offering Biomat therapy which is huge on the west coast. It is an awesome healing tool for pain, anxiety, weight loss and sleep. We have become distributors for the BioMat and I recently made the Emerald Executive level. We presented the BioMat at the Women's Expo and the Wellness Expo. We plan to do a the APHA conference in Boston in November and the Small Business Expo on October 2, 2013. We have some wonderful distributors signed up as well.

Our daughter, Gabriella, a Student Ambassador for People to People Ambassador Program, traveled through five countries in Europe this past June representing the US. We organized some successful fund-raising events and she worked hard toward her goals. We wish her much success and happiness as she begins high school this year. 

We are expanding Healing Arts to provide more holistic and integrative services such as Reiki sessions, hypnosis, healing circles, Biomat Therapy, Expressive Arts, Sound Therapy, Life Coaching, Meditation and Mindfulness classes. Our plan is to offer services and products we believe can help others to heal.

We are working on social networking plan: our website, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. We started a monthly Newsletter in April and a newsletter will be coming out in September. We hired for a fee-for service licensed therapist to work in our practice who will start in September.

Another goal we have is to simplify our business by getting on Therapy Notes which we haven't started yet.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We wish you much healing and peace in your journey. We are looking forward to enjoying Fall in New England. 

Namaste,

Maria and Frank Sorensen

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May 2013

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM

 

This year has been super busy with many projects in the works. We have been in private practice since 1996 and for many years we were working part-time in the practice along with a full-time job in the field. I resigned from my last job in September 2009 and I'm astonished and amazed that I have been in full-time private practice for almost 4 years. Frank has been full-time for 5 years.

Some of the Highlights of 2013

We have been in our new office in the Meadows Professional Office Park in North Kingstown for the past 1 1/2 years.

Frank is attending the CAGS program at RIC to obtain his LMHC which will allow him to accept BCBS in the near future. I'm very proud of him and his incredible accomplishments. I look forward to his graduation which is coming up soon. In addition to providing individual counseling in North Kingstown, Frank continues to work with adolescents in an alternative high school in Providence. He also facilitates an Anger Management group at the Silver Lake Community Center in Providence. We now have an ongoing Early Recovery group and an Anger Management group in North Kingstown.

We provide a monthly Life Coaching workshop: Vision Map Process which is well attended by a core group of women. Presently, we are working on the Fall 2013 schedule which will include providing Spiritual Retreats for women this year. We are looking for the ideal location.

I continue to use EMDR in my practice with my clients and I'm getting amazing results. I joined an EMDR supervision group which is staring soon. I will be finishing up my Hynotherapy Certification next month. As a DOT qualified SAP, I worked effectively with people who needed substance abuse counseling and treatment. As professional interventionists, we were able to help several families learn more about substance abuse and help their loved one get into treatment. As therapists, we believe in doing our own work.

This summer, we have been invited by our spiritual teachers to go on another shamanic journey in the Amazon Jungle for 12 days. I'm reallly looking forward to it as I got so much out of it last year. 

I purchased the Biomat which is huge on the west coast. It is an awesome healing tool for pain, anxiety, weight loss and sleep. We have become distributors for the BioMat and I recently made the Emerald Executive level. We presented the BioMat at the Women's Expo and the Wellness Expo. We plan to do a medical conference in Boston and a Yoga and Chanting Festival in the fall. We have some distributors signed up as well.

Our daughter, Gabriella, was accepted as a Student Ambassador for People to People Ambassador Program and she will be traveling through several countries in Europe this June representing the US. We organized some successful fund-raising events and she has been working hard toward her goals.

We are expanding Healing Arts to provide more holistic and integrative services such as Reiki sessions, hypnosis, healing circles, Biomat Therapy, Expressive Arts, Sound Therapy, Life Coaching, Meditation and Mindfulness classes. Our plan is to offer services and products we believe can help others to heal.

We are working on social networking plan: our website, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. We started a monthly Newsletter in April. We are looking for a fee-for service licensed therapist to work in our practice.

Another goal we have is to simplify our business by getting on Therapy Notes which we haven't started yet.

Thank you for your ongoing support and stay tuned for our Fall 2013 schedule. There will something for everyone. We wish you much healing and peace in your journey. We are enjoying the warm weather our new dog, Diamond Sutra, and lots of gardening. Have a great summer!! 

Namaste,

Maria and Frank Sorensen

Codependency

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM

So what is Codependency and who really has it?

There are many definitions, but basically, Codependents are people who let the feelings and actions of another person affect them to the point that they feel like they have lost control of their own lives. These are just some of the ways Codependency effects human lives:

Excessive Caretaking: Codependents feel responsible for others' actions, feelings, choices and emotional well-being. They try to anticipate loved one's needs and often wonder why others do not do the same for them.

Low self-esteem: Codependents are people who need to be needed. They will only feel important and valuable when they are helping others, and blame themselves for anything that goes wrong.

Denial: Codependents typically ignore, minimize or rationalize problems in the relationship, believing that "things will get better when...." They stay busy to avoid thinking about their feelings.

Fear of anger: Codependents are afraid of both their own and their loved one's anger, because they fear it will destroy the relationship.

Health problems: The stress of Codependency can lead to headaches, ulcers, asthma and high blood pressure.

Addictive behavior: Codependents may themselves develop addictions in an attempt to deal with their pain and frustration.

This condition appears to run in different degrees, whereby the intensity of symptoms are on a spectrum of severity, as opposed to an all or nothing scale.

A. Do you keep quiet to avoid arguments? Or do you just rage out when you had enough?

B. Are you always worried about other people's opinions?

C. Have you ever lived with someone who has an alcoholic or drug gambling, sex addiction problem?

D. Have you ever lived with someone who hits you or belittles you?

E. Are the opinions of others more important than yours?

F. Do you have difficulty adjusting to changes at work or at home?

G. Do you feel rejected or abandoned when significant other chooses to spend time with friends?

H. Do you doubt your ability to be who you want to be?

I. Are you uncomfortable expressing your true feelings to others?

J. Have you ever felt inadequate?

K. Do you feel like a "bad person" when they make a mistake? " I am a mistake rather then I made a mistke.

L. Do you have difficulty taking compliments or gifts?

M. Have you felt shame when your child or spouse makes a mistake?

N. Do you think people in your life would go downhill without their constant efforts?

O. Do you frequently wish someone could help you get things done?

P. Do you have difficulty talking to people in authority such as police or a boss?

Q. Are you confused about who you are or where you are going with their life? R. Do you have trouble saying "no" when asked for help?

S. Do you have so many things going on at once that you can’t do justice to any of them?

T. Do you feel like you don't know who you are if you're not helping, fixing, rescuing?

U. Do you feel you  know what everyone else feels and needs and you don't have a clue how you feel and what you need?

V. Do you feel taken advantaged of by others?

W. Do you have a deep need to be needed?

X. Do you worry and obsess about others?

Y. Does shame distort your self-image?

Z. Do you confuse love and pity? 


Vision Map Process

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM


Do you ever wonder or question your life? What do you want or need? What kind of relationships are you looking for? What are you supposed be doing with your life? Why are you here? What do you contribute to the world? What is your soul learning by living your life?

 

Vision maps can help you define and get clear about what you desire for yourself. They help you make your dreams or goals more tangible and solid. You form an energetic bond with what you really, really desire. Vision maps can act as guiding lights or north stars – helping you realize and commit to your Vision. They are fun and creative to do, however they are also very powerful magnetization and manifestation tools. Acting as little energy vortexs if you will – that tell your sub-conscious mind what to go out and bring to you. Like an order form to the universe (or whatever you want to call it). Journaling and being part of a group further deepens the process.

The New School Year is the perfect time to design a map for your journey. Join us on September 10th  for a 2 hour workshop to help you create your vision; get support to take action; learn to honor your resistance; put closure on 2012; effectively deal with obstacles in your path; and help you to get out of your own way. Discover a life filled with endless possibilities, excitement, and adventure.

Methods for healing: music, expressive arts, sharing, fun, inspiration, learning new spiritual tools, gratitude, encouragement, validation, dreaming, imagination, honesty, journaling, collage, vision map work and quiet time.

This workshop will:

~~Inspire you to live more intentionally

~~Give you the tools to take action

~~Increase your self-worth and hope for the future

~~Clarify your goals and priorities

~~Explore how you sabotage your efforts

~~Guide you to set and maintain healthy boundaries

~~Give you a sense of direction and purpose

~~Support and validate your vision

Call if you have any questions.

Namaste,

Maria

The New Year and Our Reflections on 2012

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This year was a productive year for Healing Arts, LLC. We have been in private practice since 1996 and for many years we were working part-time in the practice along with a full-time job in the field.  I resigned from my last job in September 2009 and I'm astonished and amazed that I have been in full-time private practice for 3 1/2 years.  Frank has been full-time for 4 years.

It has been an amazing journey for us as we have been managing our caseload; providing groups, individual and intensive workshops; learning the business end of private practice; marketing ourselves; networking with other professionals;  working effectively with insurance companies; attending trainings and supervision group; collaborating with other professionals,  obtaining our own health insurance; doing billing; getting creative; writing a book; and designing our our own program, business, and schedule. 

Highlights of 2012

We celebrated our one year anniversary in our new office in the Meadows Professional Office Park in North Kingstown.

Frank is attending the CAGS program at RIC to obtain his LMHC which will allow him to accept BCBS in the near future. I'm very proud of him and his incredible accomplishments. I look forward to his graduation which is coming up soon.

In addition to providing individual counseling in North Kingstown, Frank continues to work with adolescents in an alternative high school in Providence. He also facilitates an Anger Management group at the Silver Lake Community Center in North Providence. 

We now have an ongoing Early Recovery group and an Anger Management group in North Kingstown. 

We provided some intensive workshops: Shadow Process, Codependency, Anxiety and Worry and the Vision Map Journal. They were all received well and we are working on the 2013 schedule to provide these workshop again this year.

I continue to use EMDR in my practice with my clients and I'm getting amazing results. I joined an EMDR supervision group which is staring soon. 

As a DOT qualified SAP, I worked effectively with people who needed substance abuse counseling and treatment. 

As professional interventionists, we were able to help several families learn more about substance abuse and help their loved one get into treatment. In October, Treatment Solutions invited me to attend an intervention conference in LasVegas to learn more about the intervention process.

As therapists, we believe in doing our own work. This past summer, I was invited my one of my spiritual teachers to go on a shamanic journey. I was in a tiny hut in the middle of the Amazon Jungle for 12 days. It was powerfully healing on all levels. I discovered Maca, a superfood of the Amazon rainforest  and I have been doing research on superfoods such as Chia seeds, Camu Camu, Flax seeds, and  Sacha Inchi and I've been adding them to my diet. I am pretty close to being a vegan. I also bought a juicer and I have been into juicing this year.

I purchased the Biomat which is hot on the west coast. It is an awesome healing tool for pain, anxiety, weight loss and sleep.

I also was introduced to Nerium an anti-aging that heals your skin. I've been using it for 2 months and I look ten years younger I'm told.

Our daughter, Gabriella, was accepted as a Student Abassador for People to People Amdassador Program and she will be traveling through several countries in Europe this representing the US. We are the process of organizing some fund-raising events. 

We are talking about creating a new business separate from Healing Arts where we can provide holistic and wellness type services such as Reiki sessions and classes, Biomat Therapy, Expressive Arts, Sound Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness classes, Yoga. Our plan is to offer products we really believe can help others. 

Another goal we have is to simplify our business by getting on Therapy Notes.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for our 2013 schedule. There will something for everyone. We wish you much healing and peace in your 2013. Happy Holiday and Happy New Year! :)

Namaste,

Maria and Frank


Healthy Relationship Series

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 7:15 AM

At Healing Arts, we began our Healthy Relationship Workshop Series in March and we will continue this work throughout the spring and summer.

Codependency Workshop

The Dance of the Wounded Souls

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Saturday, March, 2012

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Address: The Meadows, North Kingstown

Fee: $40.00

Facilitators: Maria Sorensen, MA, LCDP

 

The workshops focused on codependency and recovery and we explored the following topics:

 

· Define Codependency and the Loss of Self

· Discover how you create a crisis to find your truth

· Connect with your emotional honesty

· Understand “Delayed Stress Syndrome”and how it plays out on your life.

· Explore feelings of shame, guilt, grief and anger

· Stop abandoning and neglecting yourself,“I’ll show you, I’ll get me”.

· Shift from Outerdependence to INdependence

· Learn to set internal & externalboundaries

· Experience Joy, Gratitude and a Spiritual Awakening

 

 

Methods  included:

Expressive arts Guided Imagery

Meditation Inner Child Work

Affirmations Positive Self-talk

Spiritual inspiration & wisdom

Self- love & self- acceptance

Play& humor Forgiveness

Join us for our next workshop on Saturday, April 23 at 9:30!!!


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