Sunday, June 7, 2009

Your Health is Your True Wealth

There's lots of talk about the global economy, and people are concerned about their monetary wealth. But, there's a source of prosperity we often take for granted when all is well. Have you considered your Health Fund lately? How's your Physical health fund's return? Is your Spiritual health fund paying a rich dividend? Is your Emotional Health an asset or a liability?

What's the cost of a bad back, a lowered immune system, or chronic headaches? How does poor emotional or physical health impact our jobs, our productivity, or our relationships? Making deposits to our Health accounts is vital. Next to our time, our health is our greatest gift. Just ask someone who is wrestling with a health challenge. I operate from the philosophy that "it's easier to stay well than to get well" and work to make deposits into my own health account regularly.

Some of my favorite Health Investments Include:

  1. Daily prayer and meditation time
  2. Energy exercises
  3. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast
  4. Completing a purification/detoxification program twice per year
  5. Sufficient restorative sleep
  6. A great support system
  7. Keeping the body free of nervous interference through regular Chiropractic Care
  8. Exercise-Exercise-Exercise
  9. Staying hydrated-lots of good water
  10. Working with a good therapist or coach as needed

Is Your Health Portfolio Well Funded? ...What's one Action You Know You Could Take Today to Improve Your Health Even More?

Dr. Mitch Ergas, DC is a Chiropractor, Nutritional Consultant and Energy Healer with offices in Smyrna and Marietta, Georgia. He brings compassion, intuition and thoroughness to the care he gives his patients. Dr. Ergas also conducts powerful, life-changing personal development seminars including the upcoming, CREATE PROSPERITY NOW event in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author of Hypergrowth: How to Catapult the Growth of any Small Business using the Proven M5 Method due out this Fall. You can follow Dr. Mitch Ergas on Facebook for daily messages of inspiration.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Invest in Yourself—You Can’t Give to Others When Your Account is Depleted

Tired of hearing all the gloom and doom about the economy? I know of a commodity worth its weight in gold that can bring you untold treasure when you apply this method. Interested in learning more? Read on to discover more about the benefits of group work.
Are you looking to make changes in your life this year? Would you like to improve your relationships, lose weight, experience less stress, live with more peace, a greater sense of purpose, or feel more empowered? After studying numerous healing methods over the past 20 years, group work ranks as one of my favorites.

What are some of the benefits of group therapy?

What am I going to get out of this, you may ask? I’m not comfortable talking about my problems in front of a group of strangers. Will I have enough time to talk about my own concerns in this setting? What if I don’t like the other members?

I have spent the past 16 years leading groups in various settings and types of situations. From people in career transition, to individuals in all stages of cancer diagnosis and their families, to women’s issues, addiction recovery, children, adolescents, young adults, and stress management concerns; I have experienced the power and efficacy of the group process.

The first thing that people seem to notice and express when participating in a group is feeling like they’re not alone anymore. It’s amazing how we can all come together in our shared humanity and vulnerability in this setting. We may feel different or isolated in our struggles, yet coming together with others reminds us that we are all connected. For so many, this experience alone is healing and liberating.

A group setting can also provide us with perspective. We all have “blind spots” in our lives. Getting feedback from others in a loving and supportive environment can help us to see solutions to our problems that we couldn’t see on our own.

We can also practice new behaviors with fellow group members. Assertive communication, rescripting limiting beliefs and accepting help are just a few examples of practices that can be “role-played” and “tried out” with peers.

How is group therapy different from support groups or self-help groups?

Psychotherapy groups are led by trained professionals and may focus on interpersonal relationships. They may provide a support network for various types of problems or issues. Psychotherapy groups differ from support or self-help groups in that they are smaller (usually 6-10 members), and provide for challenge to change and grow. Support groups are also usually led by professionals, but are geared more toward symptom relief. Self-help groups usually focus on a particular issue, and are not led by a professional. Lastly, coaching groups are usually comprised of highly functioning members who are seeking to increase their ability to reach goals with the help of proactive, resourceful peers.

How do I find the right group for me?

There are free 12-step groups for many issues including, but not limited to: Alcoholism (Alcoholics Anonymous), drug addiction (Narcotics Anonymous), Co-dependency (CoDA), Overeating (OA), and Sex and Love addiction (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.) There are also support groups for family and friends of those dealing with addictions such as Al-Anon for friends and family members of alcoholics, Nar-Anon for friends and family members of addicts, CoDA for Codependents, and COSA for Codependents of Sex Addicts. Many mental health professionals offer groups as a treatment option. The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) also offers a referral list to clinicians. Finally, there are many listings for group coaching sessions which differ from group therapies. Therapists often use a screening process to ensure that a particular group is the right fit for an individual. You can ask questions of the leader such as: Is this a therapy or support group? Next, let the leader know your concerns are and ask if the group is the appropriate place for your journey. And, what background or training do you have related to the needs I have?

I wish you all the best on your journey to Wholeness!

Catherine Baer, MS, MS, LPC maintains a private practice in Marietta, Georgia. She offers individual, couple, and group sessions. She is currently forming group sessions with a coaching flair. This particular series offers many potential benefits. These groups combine the power of therapy with the high level functioning of coaching. Discover solutions to challenges, expand your vision and make small, subtle changes that can dramatically increase your ability to move forward toward your goals. Tap into the synergy of the collective genius of others and live with more Peace, Purpose, and Power in your life.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Nourishing the Soul

When I was single, with no kids, and living alone; I gave myself permission to take care of myself. I wrote in a journal every morning, listening to the voice of my ego with all of its complaints and fears. I also tuned into all of my dreams and desires. I took time to nourish my Soul. I went for long walks by the river, sat on a favorite rock by the flowing water, listening for answers from my Higher Self and Higher Power.

Well over a decade, a husband, and several children later, I look back on that amazing period wondering what I did with all of my time. Now it seems I sometimes have to work at giving myself permission to take the special time for myself that I value so much. But, as I sat in the sauna tonight, after my Pilates workout, I realized again the miraculous way life works, and the great gift I have in my husband, my Spiritual Partner.

In my Beloved I have discovered a tool for some of the deepest personal development and healing work I could ever have imagined. Just before he and I met, I was questioning in my journalings, “what helps people heal?” (I was working as a case manager, group therapist, and program coordinator for a psychiatric treatment facility at the time). I have found my answer. I have explored many different healing modalities over the past 16 years, and have witnessed that our committed relationships provide us the opportunity for some of the deepest growth. In my husband, I have a mirror. It’s so easy for me to get angry with him, to blame him, to see what he “should” be doing. I can react to what he does, and feel completely justified in my anger. But, then I’m stuck. We have a power struggle, and I miss out on the beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve. And, oh, how I am in awe of our potential for growth as Spiritual Beings.

I love watching my children grow and develop on the physical plane. “Look how much you grew last night,” I often exclaim, as my son checks to see where his head reaches against my height. And, oh, how I love to notice how much my husband has grown when he catches himself reacting to something I’ve triggered in him and take responsibility for his emotions. To experience him respond instead of react in one of his predictable patterns is fantastic. To observe myself step out of a reaction and see that he is mirroring some aspect of me that is coming up to heal; this nourishes my Soul. I feel so grateful to have listened to my Inner Voice and have chosen a profession that allows me to be a guide and facilitator to others as they evolve and grow.

I wish for you the gift of Healing and encourage you to Nourish Your Soul.

Catherine maintains a private practice in Atlanta, GA conducting individual, couple, and group sessions. She co-founded Life Wellness & Chiropractic, PC, a wellness center offering a variety of healing and personal development services. Visit