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Beyond the Couch with Dr. Sally Nazari

Mar 1, 2018

Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life.

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Lauren Selfridge joins me to discuss the ways that we can more easily navigate health struggles so that we can not only heal ourselves, but to find greater strength and resilience so that we can shine in a life that we celebrate!

Lauren Selfridge is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, California. She works with couples, individuals, and people living with chronic illness. Lauren was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2015 and has found that, although living with an autoimmune disease is not an easy path, it's brought more joy and fulfillment into her life than before. This January, she launched the podcast, "This Is Not What I Ordered:" a weekly interview show about full-hearted living with chronic illness and health challenges. She believes that the biggest difficulties in our lives are often invitations into a deeper, richer, more conscious relationship with ourselves. 

She offers us these tips for getting started in navigating chronic health conditions: 
1. Find a therapist or coach who is a good fit for you, and use that relationship to foster your emotional wellbeing alongside your physical care.
2. Allow yourself to feel it all (joy, fear, boredom, delight, loneliness, excitement, hopelessness, and more). Your emotions need to be felt, and they rarely last when we really let ourselves feel them. 
3. Give yourself time and space to take breaks from the intensity of what you're going through. Spend time with friends, watch movies, and remember that you don't always have to be putting forth effort in order to make progress.

Resources Mentioned:

Beyond the Couch Podcast: 

Lauren Selfridge Psychotherapy:

This Is Not What I Ordered: The Podcast 
"Therapists + Coaches Who Get It" Directory (practitioners specializing in working with health challenges)
Sacred Psychology with Tamara Powell:

I would love to hear the ways that you started shin gin through your health struggles and celebrated your magnificent life! Be sure to share with us in our social media communities listed below so we can celebrate with you!