Practicing Empathy and Differentiation When Helping

By Joel Ybarra, LCMFT

Some would say the largest part of being able to help others is empathizing with them, but it’s important we’re able to do this in a helpful and constructive way. Empathy is often defined as being able to see through another’s eyes. It’s amazing – we’re able to “read” and recreate the internal experience of another within ourselves by observing their facial expressions and imagining what we might feel in their place. You can see how it may be easy to get too emotionally involved. Read More

A Single Tree Podcast #7 – Resilience: Holding Desire Despite Our Grief

Listen below to episode 7 of A Single Tree Podcast about resilience and desire despite our grief. Find all episodes of A Single Tree Podcast here and subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes. Also, find the podcast on facebook here.

Description: People’s ability to be resilient despite their loss and pain is amazing. How do we continue to move forward and want anything when we are constantly experiencing grief? Read More

A Single Tree Podcast #6 – The Role of Our Grief 2: Connecting Us to the Larger Self

Brandon and Joel recorded Episode 6 of A Single Tree Podcast about grief’s role in connecting us with something deeper. Listen below, find all episodes of A Single Tree Podcast here and subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes. Also, find the podcast on facebook here.

Description: The discussion of grief continues. This episode is about connecting with the Larger Presence through our grief. There is something larger than just the attainment of our desires or being guided by our ego’s agenda. We would love to have your comments and questions! Read More

6 Tips for Handling the Holiday Hullabaloo

We all encounter it – the craziness of the holidays. They’re upon us, and we wanted to share a few tips for looking after yourself and your loved ones these holidays. The world around you will speed up and there’ll be pressures and stresses that come around each year about this time. Maybe do a few of these things this year to stay healthy, and make your holidays better! Read More