BlogReflections from the Crossroads
The Hartt Community School Chamber Music Program usually gives concerts in nursing homes during the holidays. These are some of the most joyous and beautiful concerts of the year, especially because the residents and the performers get to visit with each other at a festive reception for which the performers’ families bring food. Of course none of this is possible in person this year, BUT we found a way to bring the music in anyway!
Your heart is in the right place. You’re doing everything you can to make your relative who lives with dementia feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. But you still feel like a failure! What could the problem be?
Even in the most intense times, you can connect to BE-ing. In fact, learning how to BE in the moment will help you cope with stress, perform at peak level, and maintain focus so you can respond to the person with whom you share care, rather than just react to the stressors and demands around you.
I invite you to join with me in this challenging time in doing the hard work of truly listening to our black brothers and sisters, and then act to bring greater understanding, peace, and unity in our relationships, communities, and in our nation.
I wonder how you are doing in these strange times, how we might connect, and what I can do to support you in the age of social distancing.
Face Masks, PPE, and Trauma-Informed Care: Cultivating Connection in the Era of Covid-19 Coronavirus
As health care providers, we need to be aware that people who live with a trauma history may be triggered by face-masks in ways they may not even comprehend on a conscious level. I’m thinking of two primary kinds of trauma right now, although there may be others:
Lisa A. Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G has been selected for the 2019 Best of Ithaca Award in the Psychotherapist category by the Ithaca Award Program.
It is with a sense of wonder, curiosity, sadness, and gratitude that I am announcing the closing of my Ithaca-based psychotherapy practice.
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How are you holding space for your grief, remembering those who have passed? Are you giving yourself time to heal? If it has been a while, do you also make room for your own growth, your own life?