As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the many people in my life that help me to value the varied things and experiences that I have to be grateful. After two weeks of burning out of control, the Kincaid fire is fully contained. The utilities are back on!!!! Most importantly, this was not a repeat of 2017. This girl and her cat did not have to evacuate. Lastly, the 78,000-acre Kincade Fire didn’t claim a single life — not one.

In addition to looking forward to good food with friends, family, extended family and if you’re like me, a delightful day of wearing PJ’s and binging on Turkey and Netflix, November is also National Gratitude Month. We are prompted to shift from focusing on the negative to appreciating the positive in our lives. For so long, the beginning of the holiday season was a triggering time in my life as it reminded me of all the people I have lost. While this time of year will always be bittersweet; I love the sights and smells of the season as well as the many friends who have become my family. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is a great way to practice self-care. If you’re interested in learning how to increase your capacity for radical self-care during the season, consider attending the Winter Wellness Self-Care day taking place 12/8/19.

Finally, I’m grateful for the tireless work of The SAVA Group, my receptionist and administrative team that works tirelessly to dot the ‘i’s” and cross the “‘t’s” so that I am fully present in my practice. So as we gear up for Turkey day, pause for a minute to reflect on what you are grateful.

The office will be closed Thursday, November 28th through Sunday, December 1st. If you need immediate psychiatric assistance call the Sonoma County Crisis and Stabilization Unit at (707) 576-8181

Thank you for reading.


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