General

SELF-CARE

As a psychologist, my days are spent gratefully being of service to others and experiencing the blessing of walking alongside someone’s journey.  It also means holding emotional energy throughout the day which often varies from session to session.

I truly believe my clients deserve the best of me and in order to do so, I have to take good care of myself.  Therefore, taking the time to practice self-care and allow my soul to recharge is vital.  It could be intentional in choosing solitude, a nap, a good meal, connection with loved ones, a run, etc.  Today, the ocean was my place of refuge and rejuvenation.

Do you take the time to self-care?

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The Value of Motherhood – Love and Hope for all Mother’s

For EVERY mother who has ever questioned the value and importance of their calling…Your love is one of the greatest gifts and has the power to influence how a person see’s and love’s themselves. Your role is significant and deeply powerful.

For mother’s who have a wonderful connection with their children, I hope you are blessed with continued opportunities to experience love, growth, and laughter.

For mother’s who have perhaps strained or absent relationships, I hope for an abundance of healing and transformation.

For mother’s who have lost children, I hope for an outpour of love, comfort, support, and peace.

For those who long to be mother’s, I hope you are surrounded with love, strength, and clarity.

Wishing you all so much goodness, joy, and a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!

UCSD Mental Health Professional Panel

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel of mental health professionals gathered by Dr. Sarah Linke for her Intro to Clinical Psychology class at UCSD. Her vision was to host a group of professionals representing various degrees and careers in the mental health field as a way to expose her students to the numerous paths available to them.  We had the opportunity to share what we do for living, how we chose our career, and what makes our particular degree unique and beneficial in our field.  It was such a wonderful opportunity to connect with the students, learn a bit about their interests and aspirations, and answer their questions.  Getting a chance to engage with those so early in their pursuits served as an incredible reminder of how far I’ve come in my own journey.  Sometimes, I forget just how much work it took to get to where I am today. However, I did not get here alone.  I was blessed with incredible support throughout the years from professors, supervisors, colleagues, family, friends, etc. To all those who continually guided and encouraged me, it is because of you that I am blessed to be able to have my own practice, live my passion, and be of service to those courageously pursuing a more fulfilling life. I am forever grateful.

To all the students diligently working towards their own dreams, you have the ability to live your life fully and in a way that works for you…just remember to honor yourself in all that you do.

To Dr. Linke, thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Being able to share my experience with the students was a beautiful way to honor my gratitude for the support I’ve received and pay it forward to the next generation.

Face Forward LA: 5th Annual Gala in Los Angeles

My dear friends Deborah Alessi and Dr. David Alessi founded this wonderful non-profit organization that provides reconstructive surgery to women and children who were victims of domestic violence or other disfiguring crimes.

They have dedicated themselves to helping as many individuals as possible by raising awareness and funds, providing pro bono surgeries, and connecting them with therapists for emotional support.

These two are some of the most incredible people I know. They are thoughtful, compassionate, humble, and giving. I am honored to call them friends and am in constant admiration of their unwavering passion for helping others.

If you would like to know more about Face Forward, attend their 5th annual gala, or donate, please visit their website below.

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Family, Friends, & the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a significant and meaningful day for our country. Although most of us celebrate by spending time with family/friends and watching fireworks, this day might just mean a little something different to each of us.  What does the 4th mean to you and how did you celebrate?image

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

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Dr. Mary Spease: New Google Page

Recently, I learned that there is a difference between a Google Page and a Google + profile. Therefore, in efforts to expand my practice and increase my online visibility, the team at Streamline Results created a Google Page for my private practice. If you would like to support my practice and read posts regarding relationships, addiction and recovery, codependency, and all things related to psychology, please feel free to follow my page:

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