The Meadows Blog

Dr. Georgia Fourlas, LCSW, LISAC, CSAT
Clinical Director of Workshops, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows

There is an undeniable link between childhood trauma and the ability to cope with adult trauma. Traumatic experiences seem to build upon one another, and not in a good way.

By Brenna Gonzales, MS, LPC, Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows Therapist

In our culture, we are taught that certain feelings are off limits. There is a general sense that if you’re not happy most of the time that you’re doing life wrong.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:06

Hooked on Love

By Jill Vermeire, MFT, CSAT-S, Willow House at The Meadows Program Director

You might be a Love Addict if:

  • You always fall for toxic or unavailable people.
  • You would rather be in a bad relationship than be alone.
  • Your life falls apart after every break up.

We are proud to announce the addition of Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., to our team of Senior Fellows. Dr. Carnes will serve as the clinical architect for Willow House at The Meadows, a new program for women struggling with sex, love, and intimacy disorders that is set to open in March of 2017.

By Andrea Sauceda, Internet and Social Media Director at The Meadows

In these times of complex debates, high stress, and anxiety--when we're constantly reading the news and watching the news and thinking about the news and arguing about the news - it can be nice to take a break and get back to basics for a bit: Like, to the basics of human emotion and behavior.

Friday, 27 January 2017 11:20

Shoulda Set Some Boundaries

By Caileigh Smith, MC, LAC

We often try to motivate ourselves through should statements:
“I should have done better.”
“I shouldn’t have said that.”
“I should only have one cookie.”

Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:35

Don’t Carry Shame into The New Year

By Caileigh Smith, MC, LAC

Have you ever sent the wrong text message to the exact wrong person? I have. In fact, I did it recently. I sent a message about a person TO THAT person—the horror! The consequence? Well, besides being cut from that person’s Christmas card list, I suffered a complete and utter shame attack.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:14

Do Addicts Have Too Much Empathy?

By Kevin McCauley, MD, Senior Fellow at The Meadows

I have this shocking statement I sometimes make in my lectures: “Heroin addicts are sweet people.”

I say this partly because I’m an addict myself and I tend to make hyperbolic statements for their emotional impact (not my best quality). But I also do it to push back against the tired trope that addiction can be reduced to a personality disorder. This is what I learned in medical school: put bluntly, addicts are sociopaths.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:45

A Meditation on Grief

Lara Rosenberg is the Trauma Yoga consultant at The Meadows. In this video, she leads a brief meditation on grief:

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:26

Four Ways to Practice Mindfulness Every Day

By Joyce Willis, MC, LPC, Therapist, The Meadows

What is mindfulness?

The great leaders of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield, tell us that mindfulness is the art of paying attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you in the present moment.

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