Getting to the goodness of life...
How do you want to live your life?
Is your life filled with passion and compassion? Humor and style? Generosity and kindness? Not for anyone else to see or judge, but just for you. Self-compassion, loving kindness, enjoying your own way of being.
Or do these things seem frivolous? Because just breathing, at times, is a major chore.
I invite you to lift up, out of your current situation - the dominant narrative of your current life experience - and see beyond the problems. Just for a moment. Let go of the current major challenge you are facing and appreciate YOU. How much you struggled to get here, how much more you want out of life, how much you have to offer. Breathe into that for a minute.
Are you struggling with finding a way to get from surviving to thriving? Whatever your age, your situation, your life story, I am here to help you get to the goodness of life. Using narrative therapy, play therapy, creative expression, and mindfulness approaches, I support you to get clear about your goals, understand your responses to difficult life experiences, and value your strengths and coping skills. I will help you envision a future where you are THRIVING and re-connected to what brings you most joy.
Claiming our preferred story...
I love this quote from Brene' Brown. "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending."
Too often we feel like a story that we didn't write - or even approve of - defines us. We grow up with other people's stories of who we are, feeling like we have no choice in the matter. Hating the stories, sometimes, and even believing stories that are complete untruths.
When we own our story - our STORIES - of who we are - of who we want to be. When we give ourselves permission to write our own preferred narrative of who we are in the present moment - of who we are in the multiplicity of our identities - all our different environments - whether with family, in school, in our careers, in romantic relationships, in pursuing our dreams, in play - we can write brave new endings and infinite new beginnings.
Alexa Adamo Valverde, narrative play therapist, is passionate about stories, healing from trauma, and finding our way to create our family.